In non-football news, it's been a slow weekend around UCLA (other than the non-revenue sports, which we'll cover in tomorrow's non-revenue round-up). Obviously, the topic on the minds of Bruins everywhere is how much longer the Rick Neuheisel era will last in Westwood, following Saturday's loss to the Stanford Cardinal. In what is becoming a tradition for the Sunday edition of Bruin Bites, we again lead in with discussing how Rick has FAILED once again as the UCLA head coach. Honestly, it's getting old (if only we had, say, Urban Meyer at the helm).
Well, with that, let's get to it and go through your bits and pieces of news from around the UCLA-iverse (starting with a bit of an editorial):
- Yes, Rick was exposed pathetically in Palo Alto. Facing a Stanford program that is only in its fifth season following it's 1-11 campaign in 2006 under Walt Harris. Think about that folks. 1 -11. With Walt Harris. And it's Stanford, which has more stringent academic requirements than either UCLA or Cal. Despite that, Harbaugh and Luck turned the Cardinal around, winning last year's Orange Bowl and standing high at #6 in the country now. There's no excuse that UCLA under Rick Neuheisel, who inherited a program in better shape, with more natural football advantages (location, recruiting base, media exposure, etc.), is currently struggling the way it is. None. Oh, and if we learned anything last night on the Farm, it's that Rick has the talent to play with Stanford. Across the board, except at QB, UCLA has at least equal talent, and at many positions (RB, TE, among others), better players. The talent is there. The coaching clearly is not. Rick, you're running out of time to turn it around.
- On that topic, Rick has made the AP's top-twelve list of coaches on the hot seat, checking in at #2, behind only perennial SEC also-ran Houston Nutt. My bet is that after the Cardinal exposed UCLA as a talented team without anything resembling coaching (hence, why I will no longer refer to Rick as CRN, just RN), is that Rick moves up to the top spot on the list. At the pace we're going, I wouldn't expect Rick to survive the season.
Alright folks, those are your Bruin Bites for the tail-end of the weekend. Try to take in some NFL action, see some actual coaching (the Patriots are playing the Raiders and the Packers are taking on Denver as we speak, so there's two teams where you can actually see some coaching), and fire away with your thoughts, comments, and additions.