Thursday, January 3, 2008

Neuheisel is fit for L.A. battle

When the UCLA Bruins announced that their new football coach would be Rick Neuheisel, I wondered what took so long. Neuheisel had been a star quarterback and an assistant coach under Terry Donahue (the most successful coach at UCLA) and some thought his would be successor until he left to coach Colorado before Donahue’s last year.

Then after both success and controversy at Colorado and Washington, he left the college game and went on to be a coordinator in the NFL. But Neuheisel never looked comfortable in the pro game or in cold climates for that matter. So when his former UCLA teammate Karl Dorrell was fired it was time for Neuheisel to return home.

Rick Neuheisel now brings the same youthful exuberance and swagger to UCLA that has been so successful for USC and Coach Pete Carroll. Like Carroll, Neuheisel will charm both alumni and the parents of top recruits in an effort to compete with USC and bring UCLA football back to the glory days of Terry Donahue.

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