EppsNet Archive: Rick Neuheisel

What is Rick Neuheisel Doing on the Pac-12 Network?

1 Sep 2012 /
Rick Neuheisel

What is this simpleton Rick Neuheisel doing as a studio analyst on the Pac-12 Network? How many Pac-12 football programs has Rick Neuheisel destroyed?

Let’s review . . .

You wouldn’t know it from watching them lose at home today to Colorado State, but the University of Colorado was an elite program, a national championship winner, when Neuheisel inherited the program from Bill McCartney. Colorado football has never recovered from Rick Neuheisel.

Washington Husky football, thanks to Steve Sarkisian, is just starting to recover from Rick Neuheisel.

I can’t say that Neuheisel wrecked the UCLA football program because there wasn’t much to wreck, but he was at least as bad and probably worse than his abysmal predecessor, Karl Dorrell. Neuheisel’s last game at the helm was a 50-0 dismantling by USC, the worst loss in the rivalry in 70 years.

Neuheisel is a stupido. He looks stupid. He sounds stupid. He’s killing my enjoyment of the games and he’s killing the credibility of the network.


UCLA Hires Jim Mora

21 Dec 2011 /
Jim Mora Jr.

ROSE Bowl?! Are you kiddin’ me? ROSE Bowl? We’re just trying to win a GAME!

Okay, I know it’s not that Jim Mora.

First I want to say for the record that the firing of Rick Neuheisel was a bad move. Despite the naysayers, he had the program moving in the right direction. Pac-12 Southern Division champions. He closed the gap with USC.

Yeah, I know they lost to USC 50-0 but just imagine what the score would have been if he hadn’t closed the gap.

I heard Coach Mora on the radio this afternoon. I wasn’t impressed. I’m not as elated as I was about the Neuheisel or Karl Dorrell hirings, but I just don’t think UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero has any idea about how to hire a football coach.

He’s tried to copy the Pete Carroll model, first by hiring Carroll assistants as coordinators, and now by hiring a former NFL defensive coordinator with a spotty record as a head coach, most recently in Seattle, where he was fired and replaced by — Pete Carroll!


UCLA Fires Rick Neuheisel

28 Nov 2011 /

UCLA Fires Rick Neuheisel

NOOOOOO! Ignore the naysayers! The program is headed in the right direction! Great things are on the horizon! The gap is closing!


Closing the Gap: USC 50, UCLA 0

27 Nov 2011 /
USC Pac-12 South Champions

We have closed the gap more with SC. We got a chance to win a championship this week. That’s closing the gap. We haven’t had that chance in the past. We’ll see where the gap is after the ball game, but the gap is closed.

— UCLA Coach Rick Neuheisel, before the game

Tonight they were clearly the superior team. I don’t think that’s the case all the time. I believe we can close the gap, and we will. We weren’t good enough to play a marquee team like USC.

— UCLA Coach Rick Neuheisel, after the game

The gap was really close. You can tell by the score.

— USC offensive tackle Matt Kalil

Maybe Neuheisel meant that the gap has been closed since 1929, when USC won the inaugural crosstown showdown 76-0.

Using any more recent date as a starting point for gap measurement, it looks wider than ever.

At 10-2, USC finishes with the best record in the Pac-12 Southern Division but because of NCAA sanctions isn’t eligible to play in the conference championship.

That means that officially UCLA is the Southern Division “champion” and will play Northern Division winner Oregon next Friday.

Represent!


Rick Neuheisel is the Right Man for UCLA

21 Oct 2011 /

We have to say it was a game that obviously got away from us in the first half. We take from it what we can learn. We put the tough loss behind us and go forward.

Rick Neuheisel, after last night’s 48-12 loss to Arizona

USC icon

Amazing . . . Neuheisel’s in his fourth year at UCLA. He’s playing Arizona, a program in disarray, in a critical game for Bruin bowl aspirations. The Wildcats haven’t won a game against an FBS opponent in a year, since last season’s victory over UCLA. They fired their coach last week.

Doesn’t Neuheisel expect to win games like this?

And after losing 48-12, in a game that wasn’t even as close as the score indicates (it was 42-7 at halftime), all he can say is “Good learning experience. Let’s move on.”

I can only echo what I said four years ago: Rick Neuheisel is a great hire for UCLA! “Five more years” should be the rallying cry!

FIGHT ON!


Neuheisel!

20 Oct 2009 /

Optimism is still full. It’s a full trough here at UCLA.

One thing that will keep us from it happening is if we start to believe it’s not on the right track. Those of us in the trenches, I expect everyone to fall in line with that. But the leader of the ship has to tell you it’s gonna land. That’s all I know how to do.


Meanwhile Over in Westwood

18 Oct 2009 /

Some highlights from Rick Neuheisel’s Sunday night conference call:

It’s time for us to just keep fighting. I just believe it to be a journey that is necessary and we’re going to get there.

I’m not pressing the panic button, even though there are a lot of naysayers who don’t want me to.

I’m talking about the journey that it is. I don’t know when the end of it is. I know that where we’re going is an exciting place. That doesn’t mean people are going to be happy with how it’s arrived at.

LOL! FIGHT ON!


Rick Neuheisel

3 Jan 2008 /
USC Trojans

UCLA has hired Rick Neuheisel as its new football coach, replacing Karl Dorrell.

UCLA people love this guy. They’ve been blowing Neuheisel’s meat whistle ever since the announcement.

As a USC man, I say this: Great hire!

Neuheisel will fail for all of the reasons listed here. Excerpt: “Neuheisel’s one great genius turns out to be his ability to make people think he’s a genius.”

FIGHT ON!