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I cant wait until we play him next year :mrgreen:


Former UCLA quarterback Neuheisel named head coach

Associated Press

Updated: December 29, 2007, 4:26 PM ET

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LOS ANGELES -- Rick Neuheisel is coming back to UCLA -- this time as head coach.

Neuheisel, who quarterbacked the Bruins to victory in the 1984 Rose Bowl and later served as an assistant under Terry Donahue, was hired Saturday as his alma mater's 16th coach.

The 46-year-old Neuheisel succeeds Karl Dorrell, who was fired Dec. 3 after five seasons on the job.

"Rick has enjoyed great success throughout his career and we believe he is the coach who can take our program to the next level," athletic director Dan Guerrero said. "His teams at Colorado and Washington continually challenged for conference championships and national rankings, and that is what we are looking to do at UCLA."

Neuheisel spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach for the NFL's Baltimore Ravens, who finish the season Sunday against Pittsburgh. He served as quarterbacks coach in 2005-06, and was promoted to offensive coordinator last January.

He had a 66-30 record as a head coach at Colorado from 1995-98 and Washington from 1999-2002. He hasn't been in the college game since Washington fired him in 2003 for participating in a betting pool on the NCAA basketball tournament. He sued for wrongful termination from Washington and settled in March 2005 with UW and the NCAA for $4.5 million.

Neuheisel began his road back to coaching in the fall of that year as a volunteer assistant coaching quarterbacks at Seattle's Rainier Beach High School.

The Bruins were 35-27 under Dorrell, including 6-6 this season. They lost to BYU 17-16 last Saturday night in the Las Vegas Bowl under defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker, who was also a candidate for the head coaching job.

Others interviewed were Temple coach Al Golden, Oregon coach Mike Bellotti, Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Norm Chow and Philadelphia Eagles assistant John Harbaugh.

Golden, Bellotti and Chow all took themselves out of consideration.

Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press
 

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It sure looked like that was the way they were headed. I hate to say it, but I think he may actually do well.
 

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Slick Rick is back coaching, and I think that UCLA was the only place that would have hired him. He is a pretty good recruiter and its going to be interesting to see who has a bigger impact now, Rick or Pete Carol. Can So. Cal handle those two?
 

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Seeing as though the NCAA gave him 4 million to shut him up earlier on you can bet that the UCLA program is going to have every ounce of movement scrutinized......

They are gonna do anything to give something back to him you can bet on it.........
 

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shouda fired Hedges and kept Rick...He won the lawsuit...He had a letter from the U.W. legal department saying it was within regulations to play in a basketball tournament pool...the man is an attorney himself and he is no idiot. light:
 

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Sportjet,
I think it will be just the opposite. Seeing as the NCAA got their asses handed to them in court, I think they're less likely to try and slap Slick Rick around again. Since the Neuheisel cases, the NCAA has been rather quiet in regards to their actions against coaches.
You also have to think UCLA has likely beefed up it's compliance staff big time now that Rick is their coach. I wonder if they put any special language in his contract regarding possible rule violations?
 

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He is a great coach ! Got the big screwjob by UW. But he won and the lame arse AD got the boot! Glad to see him back! He is gonna unload some whoop arse on UW next year!

GO COUGS!
 

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Gupper ... he also farked up the Colorado program or did ya forget wink:
Another year and they were going to win it all! But we shall see. I really like the guy.
Plus I liked the bets he made :D
 

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SportJet said:
I cant wait until we play him next year :mrgreen:

"... and we believe he is the coach who can take our program to the next level"

Just by hiring him they took it to the next level... down one level that is...
 
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