BERKELEY, CA - OCTOBER 09: Head coach Rick Neuheisel of the UCLA Bruins looks on against the California Golden at California Memorial Stadium on October 9, 2010 in Berkeley, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
Looks like the all out pressure from BruinsNation and other UCLA communities have worked again. Immediately tafter the 0-50 massacre Dan Guerrero wanted UCLA fans to get "excited" about the Rose Bowl. After getting destroyed online for last 24+ hours UCLA officials caved today. From ESPN:
Rick Neuheisel was informed Monday he will not return as UCLA football coach next season, but will coach in the Pac-12 title game, a source told ESPN's Joe Schad.
Shame on Guerrero for dragging Neuheisel out there yesterday. This is confirmed by SportsbyBrooks.
We will update as the story develops.
UPDATE (N): It is official. From the official UCLA Site:
Los Angeles, Calif. - UCLA Head Football Coach Rick Neuheisel, who compiled a record of 21-28 in his four years at the helm, has been relieved of his duties, it was announced today by UCLA Director of Athletics Dan Guerrero.
Neuheisel will coach the Bruins in the inaugural Pac-12 Championship game on Friday, after which the Bruins will be led on an interim basis by offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach Mike Johnson. A national search for a permanent head coach will begin immediately.
UPDATE II (N): Extremely interesting tweet from SportsByBrooks (emphasis mine):
Now for today's real news: Today was a "devastating" blow to Dan Guerrero's job status. After what he said Saturday night.
Reading the tealeaves ... this was forced on Chianti Dan because as noted above he clearly wanted hold on to Neuheisel at least till Friday and issued absurd statements in press and then have the pathetic charade at yesterday's presser. This came above Dan and there is a reason why players are apparently finding this out via ESPN. Looks like we may be looking at a wholesale regime change at UCLA athletics after all. Let's turn on the pressure on Chianti Dan even more. GO BRUINS.
UPDATE III (Meriones): This was Rick’s dream job, but he was shackled from the beginning in terms of coordinator choices. And even when he wriggled out of the shackles, the decision-making and tentativeness were shaky far more often than not. He helped keep us clean. He improved our recruiting. He was a tireless and proud representative of our alma mater. He inspired us all to believe.
But, in the end, he simply couldn’t produce the results that any of us — he, we, donors and fans — reasonably expected for our team.
THANK YOU, Rick, for trying. We know you tried. It just wasn’t enough. We sincerely hope and believe that you will land on your feet. Now, maybe, MAYBE the higher-ups will realize that just being a lifelong Bruin isn’t enough to be qualified as a high-level head coach. To hire a good coach… you have to hire a good coach.