Marcia was at it again in yesterday’s OC Register (again no link for baseless garbage which we have to rebut):
Listen to these loaded soundbites.
“We are who we are,” said Bruin coach Rick Neuheisel at his weekly press conference on Monday.
“We have the players we have,” said Bruin offensive coordinator Norm Chow after Saturday’s 31-10 loss to Arizona.
First-year coaches inherit players. Sometimes they can get athletic treasures who will grow to shine with a decent polish. And sometimes they can get, well, the Bruins, many of them young, inexperienced and limited.
If the Bruins were 3-0, everyone would be talking about the great coaching job and Neuheisel’s staff would be basking in the glory and happily taking the credit. (See Neuheisel’s first-season success at Colorado and Washington with hold-over players.)
But since the Bruins are 1-2 and tumbling, the great coaches are reminding the planet that they shouldn’t take full blame for the season so far. After all, they aren’t personally responsible for building this roster.
Neuheisel has said repeatedly that his team won’t make excuses. That’s admirable until the coaches rationalize losses by essentially blaming the modestly talented but hard-working players and ducking behind the recruiting of former Bruin coach-turned-human shield Karl Dorrell.
For the record Marcia couldn’t offer up a single quote from CRN which threw KD under the bus. As for the quotes Marcia reference above there is nothing in there that specifically indicates that CRN or Chow were blaming their players.
Once again what is going right over Marcia’s head or she is being willfully ignorant about is that in fact Neuheisel and Chow didn’t inherit much from the previous regime and that they are hands are bit tied given the fact that they are working with a total patchwork OL, backup and unproven RBs, receivers, and a 3rd string JUCO transfer at QB. But as usual facts don’t fair prominently in Marcia’s column (the one excerpted above was actually a “blogpost).
She just write whatever she wants, making asinine interoperations, and advancing some weird agenda by keeping up her baseless snark filled commentary re. UCLA.