This is a sad day in Troy as Trojans mourn the firing of Richard Gerald Neuheisel, aka, "Skippy Neuweasel". I have had a passionate love-hate relationship with Skippy since 2008, meaning that I love to hate him. But, I can honestly say that Skippy will be sorely missed by the Trojan family. Every great story needs a classic antagonist, a Snidely Whiplash for Dudley Do-right; a Boris Badenov to Bullwinkle J. Moose; a Barack Obama to the United States of America. And, Skippy played the foil in the USC story with inimitable comedic zeal.
"I thanked Dan for the opportunity," Neuheisel said on the Pac-12's promotional teleconference for the title game, less than an hour after his firing was announced. "I don't need reasons. Certainly when you're UCLA coach, you'd like to play better against USC. When you lose in the fashion we did, that's a difficult pill to swallow."
I'd like to commemorate this post to the greatest archvillain that this USC fan could ever ask for. Skippy, I am truly sorry to see you go. Thank you for the lifetime of memories. I will post a few of my favorites in the comments below.