I was very pleased when Rick Neuheisel was hired. I have even enjoyed his post-game speeches after our Bruins got destroyed regularly last season...but they began to wear thin. This was year four and I had high hopes that we were turning the proverbial "corner" Neuheisel as spoken of ad nauseum. Except this turn has not come.
For those of us have enough astute football acumen to put down our blue and gold glasses and look at the play on the field, not just the loses, but the "how" of those loses--things are painfully clear. I am sure I am not the only who who DVRs the games, and goes through the painful process of watching them with the benefit of rewind, pause, and slow motion. We all have "game film" in our homes. We are an informed fan base. Many of us have played and coached, let alone watched decades of football at all levels.
OUR EYES DO NOT LIE. if you are like me, they have started to send signals of pain to the rest of your body as you continually watch our Bruins run around the fields of play looking like they've never done such a thing before.
In fact, things have turned so painful that for the most devout fans who still had a contingent of Neuheisel supporters (sites such as BRO, Blitz, etc.) this is turning into a farce. Neuheisel and more importantly the administration of UCLA, including Dan Guerrero and Chancellor Gene Block, are truly turning into the proverbial "emperor with no clothes" and we are the children crying out to seemingly no avail.
In ESPN.com's most recent drivel, the report out of Westwood and our beloved UCLA football program is that our aloof coach feels he will be "just fine." This is echoing Neuheisel's interview with Mason and Ireland on AM710. The hubris of Neuheisel is well on display in both of these links.
There are some UCLA fans for whatever reason who are okay with or at least not outraged by the Debacle in the Desert. I say to you, you are part of the problem.
YES, IF YOU ARE A UCLA FAN AND YOU ARE SITTING ON YOUR HANDS AND BEFUDDLED AS TO WHY EVERYONE IS CALLING ON DAN GUERRERO AND RICK NEUHEISEL TO RESIGN--YOU ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM.
UCLA, a once proud program on the rise in the 80s and 90s has become the most embarrassing in the nation precisely because the fan base has allowed less than mediocrity to be accepted for far too long from the Administration and its coaches.