Here is a very good example of how Neu haters will operate this season. They are going to look for every opportunity to make something out of nothing.
UCLA held an athletic fundraiser Saturday night and Slick Rick Neuheisel was in fine form.
Not only did the Bruin coach conduct the Alumni Band for one song, he played auctioneer when it came time for bids on a sideline pass to UCLA's game against rival USC on Dec. 6 at the Rose Bowl.
According to an account posted on Bruin Zone, the bidding wasn't going well, so Neuheisel got up and said, "OK, I'll let you call call the first play."
Bidding picked up and the pass went for $10,000. Later, Neuheisel muttered that, "Well, we may audible your call."
Neuheisel was only warming up. Next up was a package to the Bruins' game at Washington, where a rather hostile crowd is expected to greet the former Huskies coach on Nov. 15. The package includes travel on the team charter, lodging at the team hotel and a game ticket.
I talked to a couple of people who attended that event. It was clear to them that Neheisel was making a joke, and everyone in the audience understood.
But the sense of humor probably got totally lost on these Neu haters who are looking for any excuse to advance that "Slick Rick" narrative. Totally lame.
Update: uclafan11 who was at the event says the wiz is full of it:
This shows how things can be totally misconstrued and blown out of proportion. 1st off, Rick did say the winner could call the first play, and then said “but we may call an audible” OUT LOUD to everyone. We all heard it and laughed and we were at least 3 tables away. Secondly, he could not have “whispered” to his coaches because he wasn’t sitting with any coaches! Oh well, These Neu haters aren’t going anywhere and will only get stronger as he starts winning, so hate on! GO BRUINS!!!