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Letters: Bruins' coaches under fire

Readers say Rick Neuheisel and Norm Chow aren't getting the job done. Unless yelling at quarterbacks is the job.

November 26, 2010

It occurs to me that Joe Torre and Norm Chow were separated at birth. Sure, they both have stellar reputations, but where? Joe with the Yankees, the best team that money can buy and with the Dodgers with a healthy Manny. But take away his record with the Yankees, he's got a losing record as a manager.

As for Norm, when he was at USC and had the best college players at his disposal, he could do no wrong. At BYU, the quarterbacks were good. And now he's at UCLA, where the talent level is lower and Norm's true coaching "expertise" has been exposed.

Ezra D. Rappaport

Valley Village

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Let's see, if I'm a top high school quarterback, would I want to be humiliated and embarrassed on national TV? If the answer is yes, then UCLA is my choice! Rick Neuheisel's verbal abuse to the QBs in Washington was a national embarrassment. At halftime Neuheisel said that Brehaut needs to relax and execute — relax is an oxymoron with an embarrassing, maniacal coach screaming at him every time he walks off the field. That program is far adrift from the classy tradition of John Wooden.

Also, since when was "run on first and second down and pass on third down" an idea conceived by one of the greatest offensive minds in college football?

David Waldowski

Alta Loma

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Any fan of college football knows that Rick Neuheisel's ranting was not unusual. In almost all games there are instances of a coach getting in the face of a player and "quizzing" the player vigorously. Why do the schools tolerate behavior by the coaches that would be completely unacceptable if done by an administrator to a subordinate, or by a professor to a student? How can coaches criticize out-of-control behavior by players while indulging their own? Such demeaning behavior is not necessary, as was amply shown by Coach Wooden.

Darrel Miller

Santa Monica

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At this pace Rick Neuheisel may leave the same way as Woody Hayes.

Richard Katz

Los Angeles

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Rick Neuheisel deserves great credit for the relentlessly optimistic attitude he has demonstrated during a season defined by a series of calamitous injuries to his players. Moreover, Coach Neuheisel is to be complimented for his unfailing politeness in dealing with the increasingly snarky "Page 2" columnist T.J. Simers. While once clever, Mr. Simers' habitual sarcasm and bitterness have understandably disaffected most of his targets. Mr. Neuheisel's continuing willingness to indulge interview requests in the face of Mr. Simers' mean-spirited broadsides stands as a shining example of class and professionalism.

UCLA may not end this season with a winning record, but their coach's commitment to positivity bodes well for the future.

R. Konrad Moore

Bakersfield

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Any truth to the rumor that after USC's Matt Barkley threw the interception that was run back for an Oregon State touchdown last Saturday, he received a chewing-out text message from Rick Neuheisel?

Joe Cohen

Los Angeles

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I'm thoroughly convinced that at 66 years old, I will not live long enough to see UCLA win a conference championship, let alone a national title. And with each passing year, Terry Donahue looks to be a much better coach than we thought he was.

Wayne Cutler

Los Angeles

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Football fans in Southern California are being sold a bill of goods.

UCLA has quarterbacks guru Norm Chow and look at that sorry mess.

USC has defensive guru Monte Kiffin and that has to be the worst defensive team in the history of Trojans football.

Bob Talarowski

Mission Viejo

No luck

What a story attributed to the life of Anthony Davis [" 'Dame Fortune," Nov. 23]. I wonder if it was caused by messing with the Fighting Irish? The luck of the Irish is well-known, but the repercussions of messing with them is also known by those who live through it.

I like A.D. and am truly sorry for his experience in doing so much damage to Notre Dame. May he find repentance, go to confession and resolve to never do it again and we can arrange some absolution for his past.

Tom Joyce

Altadena

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A.D. is just another in a long line of former athletes who have no real academic background preparing them for life after sports. And you see the result.

A friend of his says, "He's felt he's had to fight for every inch." Yeah, maybe on the field! Grow up, A.D., get an education and stop trying to cash in on a long-ago college football career!

I, for one, feel no sorrow for this clown as he has gotten what he deserves — living with his mom and checking doorknobs for a living.

Dallas Stevens

Ventura

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So The Times has nothing better to write about than picking on a harmless guy who peaked out as a college football star but has fallen on hard times ever since. What happened, run out of things to say about the McCourts?

Skip Usen

Santa Monica

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