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Neuheisel on UCLA hot seat

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08:57 AM ET 02.19 | If the UCLA Bruins struggle to another disastrous season next year, all bets are off. Rick Neuheisel will be squarely on the hot seat and all that hope he's been selling will have long evaporated. We already are seeing a diminishing of the pixie dust Neuheisel sold his past two recruiting classes. It's reflected in the rather subpar class he currently is putting together.

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February 19, 2011  09:10 AM ET

Isn't he already squarely on the hot seat? I think there's a chance he doesn't make it to the end of next season.

February 19, 2011  09:10 AM ET

Buckeye #1

February 19, 2011  09:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Isn't he already squarely on the hot seat? I think there's a chance he doesn't make it to the end of next season.

How'd you do dat Ladybird. There was nobody here when I looked in :(

Must be that SEC speed I've been hearing about.

February 19, 2011  09:14 AM ET
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How'd you do dat Ladybird. There was nobody here when I looked in :(Must be that SEC speed I've been hearing about.

combined with saturday morning starbucks and boredom.

February 19, 2011  09:21 AM ET

Neuheisel is on the Hot Seat?? ZOMG!!!!!! I never even imagined this was possible!!! I mean he's done just such a stellar job dethroning USC and leading his team to ten-win seasons-- oh, wait... he hasn't.

February 19, 2011  09:27 AM ET

I don't remember ever seeing a coach on the sidelines look more lost and confused with a look of "I don't have a clue" on his face than when I saw Neuheisel against Stanford. He was yelling at his asst coaches, yelling at his players, getting his calls in too late, having to blow timeouts, players not knowing if they should go in the game or not. It was a mess.
I did not know a lot about him up to that point but he look overwhelmed by the task of being a head football coach.

February 19, 2011  09:46 AM ET
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Again with this

My thoughts exactly. This is a duh.

February 19, 2011  10:01 AM ET
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Again with this

We all know, by now, that he has an asbestos ****.

February 19, 2011  12:26 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Isn't he already squarely on the hot seat? I think there's a chance he doesn't make it to the end of next season.

Nail on the head.

February 19, 2011  12:38 PM ET
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I don't remember ever seeing a coach on the sidelines look more lost and confused with a look of "I don't have a clue" on his face than when I saw Neuheisel against Stanford.

Ty W...and Woody Hayes last game!

February 19, 2011  12:51 PM ET
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Ty W...and Woody Hayes last game!

I don't remember what Tuberville was like on the sideline but I can tell you that his last game was Auburn's least inspired Iron Bowl ever. I'm pretty sure he already had his house packed and the movers scheduled.

February 19, 2011  12:55 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Isn't he already squarely on the hot seat? I think there's a chance he doesn't make it to the end of next season.

Why should he? None of his UCLA teams have either.

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February 19, 2011  01:14 PM ET

Oh the poor guy,,, must be tough trying to form a winning program thats right next door to USC.

February 19, 2011  04:09 PM ET

Haven't we seen this thread before?

February 19, 2011  04:59 PM ET

Isn't it more likely Neuheisel isn't being given the resources to do the job? A lot of colleges, and I mean A LOT of colleges give lip service to wanting a winner, but then don't provide the resources and support it takes to get one, opting instead to fire one struggling coach after another. Not all coaches are good, but didn't Neuheisel prove he could coach before he came to UCLA? I doubt if he suddenly forgot how. If UCLA wants to win with ANY coach, they will have to provide resources and support to do it. If they don't, then they only have themselves to blame, not the coach. UCLA has been through several coaches since their glory days. It is time to start wondering if the problem lies somewhere else and get serious about it fixing it or stop whining. I'm not saying they have to keep Neuheisel, he may be burned out by now, but whoever they keep or get, they need to support with more than just lip service and an inadequate budget (budgets as compared to the teams they want compete against).

February 19, 2011  05:32 PM ET

Rick still has the smile on his face, but where is #83???? :-)

February 19, 2011  07:44 PM ET

RN needs to hang around-otherwise SDSU might lose out on a recruit or two from a decent UCLA HC.

February 19, 2011  09:17 PM ET

After "retooling" his staff, if they still suck this year, it might be Skippy's fault
?

 
February 19, 2011  09:20 PM ET

I think this would be great. With Colorado coming into the Pac 12, he could hold the distinction of running 25% of the football programs in the conference into the ground (Colorado, Washington and UCLA). How much longer can "pretty boy" survive after all the nonsense he has pulled in major college progams?

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