Bruins coach Rick Neuheisel said Monday that the gap between USC and UCLA has closed. "I don't know if that's the case, I haven't really researched it," coach Lane Kiffin said. "Record wise, it's not as far apart as it used to be, so he'd probably be right."
If the UCLA Bruins struggle to another disastrous season next year, all bets are off. Rick Neuheisel will be squarely on the hot seat and all that hope he's been selling will have long evaporated. We already are seeing a diminishing of the pixie dust Neuheisel sold his past two recruiting classes. It's reflected in the rather subpar class he currently is putting together.
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"I want unity, but I just want to be better as a football team," Neuheisel said. "If we get to a place where we're winning Pac-10 championships and vying for national championships, maybe the coaches will take a wall day."
"I'm going to miss competing against Pete. He was as passionate for his program as I am mine. I thought we were gaining on him. I wanted another shot."
Senior linebacker Reggie Carter was set to miss a second day of practice and will be unavailable for the bowl game unless he completes work for one class, a source within the program said anonymously because he was not authorized to speak on the topic.
Carter needs to pass the class to have six units for the quarter, the minimum required to remain eligible.
Sometime around 11 p.m. that night, Neuheisel let the cat out of the bag. He really believes the monopoly is history.
Don't believe it? He said so himself.
Neuheisel told fans he hoped they would say this after Saturday's rivalry game: "I was there in 2009 in the Coliseum when the Bruins took on the Trojans and turned this whole city around and found a way to capture L.A. and take back what's ours."
The crowd roared.
There is someone who, no matter the situation, will seek to change the rules to suit even the smallest of their whims to suit either their grandiose valuation of their own worth. This is Rick Neuheisel...
Rick is obviously too busy looking for ways around rules than the concern himself with looking at the rules to follow.
What else should one expect from a person with 51 + NCAA violations to his name?