New UCLA football coach Rick Neuheisel had his introductory press conference Monday, and UCLA fans were treated to the same phony baloney we’ve come to expect from the former disgraced Washington and Colorado coach.
Bill Dwyre of the LOS ANGELES TIMES reports that Monday “he told a Times reporter that he’d take a run at Norm Chow to become his offensive coordinator, and repeated that several times after his news conference.”
One small problem, before mentioning his interest in Chow to the media, Neuheisel hadn’t even contacted him.
And it’d be a (Music City?) if Chow stepped down from his NFL gig as offensive coordinator of the Tennessee Titans to take the OC job at UCLA. Especially considering he just interviewed for the head coaching position with the Bruins, before withdrawing from consideration fo the job.
What everyone north of Wilshire Blvd. seems to forget about Neuheisel is that when he left Colorado for Washington, the Buffaloes’ program was in decline. And that Neuheisel’s firing at Washington was based more on failing teams than minor rules violations over a betting pool (UW just used that as an excuse to throw him out on his a**).
Neuheisel never consistently produced top-quality teams at Colorado and Washington, school’s with much less stringent academic standards for football recruits than UCLA. Yes, he started fast with both schools, but much of that success was with players recruited by his coaching predecessors.
Once Neuheisel got his players into the programs, the records got worse with both the Buffaloes and Huskies. What makes UCLA fans think his stay in Westwood will be any different? Hello Mike Archer!