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April 12, 2010 | By Baxter Holmes
The game film from Sunday's scrimmage gave UCLA Coach Rick Neuheisel plenty of material for the locker room chalkboard. First, the special teams unit had several lulls. "We need to make sure that never happens again," he said. Second, some players looked rusty at times while adjusting to new positions, such as Glenn Love , who switched from strong safety to linebacker this season. Neuheisel said that Love showed flashes of what he could do, but "it's just making decisions faster."
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September 22, 2012 | By Chris Foster
This was nearly an anniversary, though no one at UCLA would have rolled out a cake to celebrate wasting a season of quarterback Brett Hundley's college football eligibility. The Bruins were preparing to play Oregon State a year ago this week. Hundley, a true freshman, was put on alert. He was going to play. But he didn't. The decision to hold him out in what ended as a 6-8 season has had impact. Hundley did not throw away a year while learning on the job. It may have been one of the best calls former UCLA Coach Rick Neuheisel made during four years at the top. "I was going to make my college debut," Hundley said.
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February 10, 2011 | By Chris Foster
A volatile off-season for UCLA's football program took more twists and turns Thursday, with Coach Rick Neuheisel continuing to reshape his staff in the wake of a 4-8 season. Jim Mastro was hired as an assistant coach for the offense. Todd Howard was fired as defensive line coach. Kentucky assistant Steve Brown emerged as a candidate for the defensive coordinator job. Neuheisel said he hoped to have a decision on a defensive coordinator by the weekend. Former Miami Coach Randy Shannon is also under consideration, and Neuheisel didn't rule out interviewing one more candidate in a process that began when Chuck Bullough was fired Dec. 18. "I had a guy picked three times now and circumstances led to the search continuing," Neuheisel said.
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February 10, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Former UCLA football coach Rick Neuheisel has listed his house in Bel-Air for sale at $4.995 million. The Cape Cod-inspired traditional, built in 2008, opens to a grand foyer. The 6,000 square feet of living space features wainscoting, coffered ceilings and ocean and city views. Including the master bedroom with a sitting area and balcony, there are five bedrooms and six bathrooms. Neuheisel, 51, was the head football coach at his alma mater from 2008 until last year. Although the Bruins won the first Pac-12 South Division title, Neuheisel was fired following the 6-6 season.
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August 25, 2011 | By Chris Foster
UCLA Coach Rick Neuheisel tried a preemptive strike a few weeks ago at the Pacific 12 Conference's football media day. He opened with a joke: "I'm excited to be here. As a coach on the proverbial hot seat, I'm excited to be invited to any of these things. " Laughing it off? Not quite. In the game of college football monopoly, Neuheisel may have just one dice roll left. After three seasons in which UCLA has looked no better off then when he was hired in 2008, fans are restless.
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November 22, 2010 | By Chris Foster
Rick Neuheisel made it clear during a Monday afternoon news conference that he was not ready to commit to bringing back offensive coordinator Norm Chow next season. Chow made it clear Monday evening that the decision was out of his hands, saying, "I would like to come back. I have an agreement. No one is more disappointed in the offense than me. Certainly it is his prerogative to do that. He can let us go, stay with us or not. " Chow is in the third year of a three-year contract but has agreed in principle to a two-year contract extension believed to be worth about $500,000 a season.
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November 23, 2010 | By Chris Foster
Quarterback Richard Brehaut fired a pass toward no one in particular against Washington last Thursday and trudged off the field toward a coach who had already achieved spontaneous combustion. Rick Neuheisel met Brehaut before he got to the sideline, looking as if he was berating the sophomore ? "It's not berating, it's quizzing," Neuheisel said Monday. OK, Neuheisel was intensely quizzing Brehaut about his decision making. So it went throughout Thursday's 24-7 loss as Brehaut sustained a concussion and his two backups struggled in their first major college football experiences.
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November 28, 2011 | T.J. Simers
Rick Neuheisel is reviewing video of Oregon at play Monday afternoon on the office wall opposite his desk, with one more game to coach while reporters and UCLA administrators gather elsewhere to dwell on his firing. As optimistic as he has been every day on the job at UCLA, he says there is another game to win, quoting the characters from "Dumb and Dumber": "So you're telling me there's a chance. " As gung-ho as he remains even after being advised he's been a failure here, he says, "I'm not going to change now just because Dan Guerrero says I've failed.
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September 5, 2010 | By Chris Foster
Rick Neuheisel says he saw "enough good things" on the Kansas State game tape to convince the UCLA coach that "there are better days ahead. " That, however, would seem to hinge on future tapes' not turning into highlight reels for opposing running backs. The Bruins gave up 313 yards rushing Saturday, 234 by Daniel Thomas . That allowed Kansas State to hold onto the ball for 35 minutes 56 seconds in a 31-22 victory. Old news, 24 hours later, that would seem to require a new solution.
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December 18, 2010 | By Chris Foster
UCLA Coach Rick Neuheisel began reshaping his football program Saturday, firing defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough and wide receivers coach Reggie Moore, and said that more changes are coming after the Bruins' 4-8 season. Whether that means more firings or a "reshuffling" of the offensive staff remains to be seen. Neuheisel said he was "evaluating" the situation, leaving the status of offensive coordinator Norm Chow undetermined. Neuheisel said there would be no more dismissals of defensive coaches, but "there are certain other things I want to continue to consider.
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December 3, 2011 | T.J. SIMERS
I've seen all the names on the list of potential successors to UCLA Coach Rick Neuheisel. Boise State's Chris Petersen crossed off, the attention now shifts to Miami's Al Golden. UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero passed word through a spokesman to our UCLA beat reporter Chris Foster on Friday night that he's not talking to Golden. I presume he meant he wasn't talking to him at that exact moment. Otherwise, someone might accuse him later of not telling the truth. Some folks in the know are now saying that if Golden consents to further talks he becomes the front-runner.
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December 2, 2011 | Helene Elliott
In how many professions could you be fired on a Monday, allowed back to work Tuesday, gratefully carried off the practice field Wednesday, and get a chance at one last shining moment in front of thousands of people Friday? Welcome to the odd little corner of the college football world occupied by soon-to-be-former UCLA Coach Rick Neuheisel. He conducted practice Monday hours after he was dismissed and continued to prepare the Bruins the rest of the week for Friday's Pac-12 championship game against Oregon at Autzen Stadium.
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November 28, 2011 | T.J. Simers
Rick Neuheisel is reviewing video of Oregon at play Monday afternoon on the office wall opposite his desk, with one more game to coach while reporters and UCLA administrators gather elsewhere to dwell on his firing. As optimistic as he has been every day on the job at UCLA, he says there is another game to win, quoting the characters from "Dumb and Dumber": "So you're telling me there's a chance. " As gung-ho as he remains even after being advised he's been a failure here, he says, "I'm not going to change now just because Dan Guerrero says I've failed.
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November 27, 2011 | By Gary Klein
UCLA Coach Rick Neuheisel said this week that the Bruins had "closed the gap" with USC. After the 81st game between the rivals Saturday night, the gap remains wider than the Coliseum. Wider than the roughly 10 miles that separate the campuses. More like the Grand Canyon. USC's 50-0 victory marked the 12th time in 13 games that the Trojans had defeated the Bruins and might portend the end of the Neuheisel era in Westwood. UCLA can call itself the Pac-12 South Division champion and, at 6-6 overall and 5-4 in conference play, will head to Oregon's Autzen Stadium to play in the inaugural Pac-12 title game on Friday.
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November 20, 2011 | By Chris Foster
For three seasons, UCLA Coach Rick Neuheisel has been chasing USC. How much ground has been gained, he admits, is in the eye of the beholder. "Well, in my mind, from my vantage point, there has been lots of progress," Neuheisel said. "I understand the frustration of the fans out there. They may not be able to see it because they don't come to all the practices and they don't sit where I sit. " Where Neuheisel sits, at the moment, is second in the city. UCLA has lost 11 of the last 12 games to USC, including the last three under Neuheisel, heading into Saturday's game at the Coliseum.
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November 18, 2011 | By Chris Foster
UCLA needs two victories to get to the Pac-12 Conference title game. Step one is Saturday against a Colorado team that is next to last in the South division. Staff writer Chris Foster examines the game's issues and matchups: Grudge match? There has been a lot of chatter considering these two universities have played football against each other only six times. The Bruins and Buffaloes have not faced each other since 2003, long before any of the current players were in college.
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November 23, 2009 | By Gary Klein
Pete Carroll has seen the scenario unfold before. A team struggles through the first part of its conference schedule and appears to be out of the bowl picture. Then it puts together three consecutive victories heading into its annual showdown against its crosstown rival. That was USC in 2001, Carroll's first season as the Trojans' coach. USC was 1-3 in the Pacific 10 Conference before winning three games in a row. The Trojans extended the streak with a 27-0 victory over UCLA, finishing 6-5 and earning a bid to the Las Vegas Bowl.
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November 18, 2011 | By Chris Foster
UCLA had everything going its way last Saturday … after its game. The Bruins had stumbled through a 31-6 loss to Utah and were winging west, with players working cellphones and other electronic gadgets for updates on the Arizona State-Washington State game. "I felt bad. I had my head down and then someone came to me and said, 'Arizona State is losing in Pullman,' " linebacker Sean Westgate said. "I went, 'What?' I was so excited. All of us started tracking the game. " By the time UCLA landed, Washington State had finished off a 37-27 victory over Arizona State, giving control of the Pac-12 Conference's South division back to the Bruins — at least temporarily.
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