"There is nothing like Friday night football in this city," Slick Rick Neuheisel tells Bill Plaschke of the Los Angeles Times.
Neuheisel, who started using a helicopter to attend high school games in the L.A. area last year, has continued traveling by whirlybird this season. His goal is to see as many games as possible, catch the attention of top recruits and build his street cred. It's working.
Last Friday night, Plaschke writes, the helicopter landed at the Compton airport. The driver didn't show on time, so Neuheisel started walking down Alondra Boulevard toward Compton High, one of four stops he would make that night.
A father wearing a Compton jersey spotted Neuheisel, pulled over and drove him to the game.
"What a tremendous night," Neuheisel said.
While rival USC endured a week of turmoil, Neuheisel's team is 3-0 and has the week off.
"I have ultimate respect for Pete Carroll and his amount of energy," Neuheisel said. "All I can do is harness our own energy and use it for productive purposes, and it's not productive to wait for other things to happen."
Plaschke writes that Neuheisel then shook his head and smiled.
"You control what you can control . . . and you wait for the day when the two forces collide," he said.
Thanks to Image of Sport.