Neuheisel said his advantage is "being a UCLA guy. If you have been a student, a player and an assistant coach here, you understand the fiber of what makes this place tick. You have to embrace that so no one ever asks, 'What's going on in the football program?' They should already know. People here can help us. This is a very powerful place, witness the basketball program."
Do you know who the most successful black college football coach is/was?
UCLA's Karl Dorrell, the man with a sparkling 35-27 record in five years, the man pink-slipped after consecutive disappointing seasons.
Tyrone Willingham has the most victories — 76 to go along with 88 losses and one tie.
Dennis Green went 26-63 at Northwestern and Stanford. Sylvester Croom finished up at 21-38 at Mississippi State.
We're not being strategic. Dorrell, a UCLA alumnus, is the only black coach who landed somewhere he truly fit. The problem is he got there before he was truly ready for the responsibility.
"Are we there? I don't think so," Chow said of the talent gap with USC. "If we were, Karl Dorrell would still be coaching. I know Karl and love Karl, but obviously something happened so they had to make a change."
8. UCLA: The schedule is brutal (Tennessee, BYU and Fresno State are the nonconference games). The offensive line may be brutalized. New coach Rick Neuheisel didn't inherit much talent, and that figures to show on the field, no matter how good the coaching staff is.