UCLA's Rick Neuheisel put on the hard sell before the 2008 season, his first as Bruin coach. A newspaper ad took a shot at rival USC by proclaiming, "The Football Monopoly in Los Angeles Is Officially Over." Three years later, Neuheisel has a 15-22 record — including three losses to the Trjoans — and the fanbase is restless.
Watch closely as a boy falls approximately 10 feet over a rail and onto a tarp at Sun Devil Stadium during Friday's UCLA-Arizona State game at Tempe. Thankfully, he did not appear to be seriously hurt. Thanks to Larry Brown Sports.
Oregon might be second in the Bowl Championship Series standings, but all that could change after a 60-13 rout of UCLA. Our friends at Image of Sport, the sports photography wire service for daily newspapers and editorial publications, were in Eugene on Thursday night and here is a sampling of their work. More images can be found at this link.
Rick Neuheisel felt an obligation to talk with fans after Saturday night's 35-0 spanking from Stanford, and even that didn't go well. Slick Rick started to talk, only to learn the microphone was shut off. After help from a cheerleader, he tried to explain what the handful of fans left in the Rose Bowl had just witnessed.
"We can't get any wor[se than this] ...," he said before realizing what he was about to say.
Where do the Bruins go from here in Year 3 of the Neuheisel Plan? Up next are Houston and Texas, meaning UCLA is a whisker from starting 0-4. After a winnable home game against Washington State, the team is back on the road for games against California and Oregon.
Today's quiz: Since the NCAA adopted the divisional setup in 1978, only four I-A teams have not played a I-AA opponent. Can you name them? (Answer at bottom of post.) The Rick Neuheisel ride hasn't been all that was promised. After a disappointing 4-8 in his first season as coach, the Bruins improved to 7-6 last season. The only reason the team earned a bowl berth in 2009 is because 6-6 Notre Dame declined one. This sets up a pivotal season in Westwood, with Neuheisel expected to continue the upward momentum. A slip to another 4-8 record would turn up the heat on the former Bruin quarterback, who has been handed a golden opportunity with rival USC being put on probation.
As a run-up to the start of the season, the Wiz will display one
poster each day until our supply is exhausted.
Then we turn it over to readers, who will vote on the poster of the
year. In the meantime, send your team's poster schedule to jayzuma (at)
Last year, the site
displayed 69 posters. This is poster No. 52 for 2010. Thanks to Jana!
Quiz answer: UCLA, USC, Washington and Notre Dame.