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10:31 AM ET 09.18 | Rich Neuheisel has ceased giving postgame pep talks to Rose Bowl fans, but after Saturday's blistering, he could have knocked one out in two words. "See ya!" It's not the end, but it sure feels like it. The coach can still save his job, but the conditions appear unlikely and the rescue would be miraculous. He tightened his jaw and conceded, "I know there are folks out there that are disappointed in our lack of success. I don't necessarily blame those people." Those folks are the loudest ones in the room these days, boosters and alumni clamoring for the Bruins to start thinking about changes, talking about possible replacements, gossiping about the likes of Boise State's Chris Petersen.

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September 18, 2011  10:35 AM ET

Start packing Rick.

September 18, 2011  10:35 AM ET

Why leave Boise? Free potatoes, you know.

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September 18, 2011  10:43 AM ET

I don't think he would take it. I think he will hold out for a better job. OH St, possibly.

September 18, 2011  10:51 AM ET
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I don't think he would take it. I think he will hold out for a better job. OH St, possibly.

+1 I think he and Gary Patterson can be selective about other jobs...if they even want one. We've heard that they've both previously turned down better high profile jobs than UCLA.

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September 18, 2011  11:04 AM ET
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I don't think he would take it. I think he will hold out for a better job. OH St, possibly.

+2. UCLA is a hard gig. Why leave a school that has an actual shot year in and year out to go to BCS bowls for a school that has never been to one?

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September 18, 2011  11:05 AM ET

Although BSU may take a decent step backwards next year with a lot of personnel losses. That may make 2012 a year that makes sense for a BSU coach to bail. Timing the coaching market and all that.

September 18, 2011  11:16 AM ET
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Although BSU may take a decent step backwards next year with a lot of personnel losses. That may make 2012 a year that makes sense for a BSU coach to bail. Timing the coaching market and all that.

Agreed. Petersen's stock may drop when Kellen Moore graduates.

September 18, 2011  11:16 AM ET

"I know there are folks out there that are disappointed in our lack of success..."



Not all of us...

September 18, 2011  11:19 AM ET
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I don't think he would take it. I think he will hold out for a better job. OH St, possibly.

Are you serious???? UCLA would be a perfect fit for CP!!!!!

September 18, 2011  11:23 AM ET
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Although BSU may take a decent step backwards next year with a lot of personnel losses. That may make 2012 a year that makes sense for a BSU coach to bail. Timing the coaching market and all that.

I agree, 2012 would be the right time for CP to bail!!!

September 18, 2011  11:26 AM ET
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Are you serious???? UCLA would be a perfect fit for CP!!!!!

Yeah, he could spend the next three years there with an under-achieving program that suffers from an inferiority complex due to big brother USC. He could then be fired and end up in a tv studio. Wait for a good job, CP.

September 18, 2011  11:31 AM ET
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I don't think he would take it. I think he will hold out for a better job. OH St, possibly.

Where would that better job be??? CP needs a challenge and the UCLA job is a win-win situation, as he could only improve that team and recruit some pretty good players in the area.

September 18, 2011  11:33 AM ET
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Yeah, he could spend the next three years there with an under-achieving program that suffers from an inferiority complex due to big brother USC. He could then be fired and end up in a tv studio. Wait for a good job, CP.

Or he could turn that program around like he did in Boise!!!

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September 18, 2011  11:39 AM ET
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Or he could turn that program around like he did in Boise!!!

I'm thinking he inherited a rising program from Dirk Koetter and Dan Hawkins. It isn't like he turned a sad sack team into a world beater.

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