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UCLA looking to Beat Trojans and go Bowling

UCLA deserves to play in a bowl game.

It might be tough to convince bowl representatives – since there wasn’t one in attendance at the Rose Bowl on Saturday.

The Bruins became bowl eligible, earning their sixth win in a 23-13 victory over Arizona State. The Bruins were terrific defensively as they forced six turnovers, including an interception and fumble return for touchdowns.

There’s only one thing left for the 6-5 Bruins to do to secure a bowl invitation. The crowd seemed to know just what it will take when it started chanting: “Beat ‘SC! Beat ‘SC!”

UCLA needs to beat its crosstown rival in order to play a December game.

Read more:  http://www.dailynews.com/sports/ci_13844481

Click here for The Dawgs of War…  Afterword by Rick Neuheisel

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Neuheisel hoping for Fresh Start for his UCLA Bruins

Although it’s tough to imagine John Wooden’s UCLA basketball teams ever struggling through a five-game losing streak, the Bruins’ current football coach realizes the Wizard of Westwood has plenty to teach him about the Bruins’ plight.
Rick Neuheisel has turned to Wooden’s writings for instruction and solace during UCLA’s skid, which didn’t quite end in last weekend’s 26-19 loss at Oregon State.

“While winning is important, it’s not the way you judge yourself,” Neuheisel said Monday, paraphrasing Wooden’s words. “You keep judging yourself by how you’re learning and how you’re trying, and if you continue to work hard, those wins will come.”

The Bruins’ history lesson for the week doesn’t end with Wooden. UCLA (3-5, 0-5 Pac-10) will don powder-blue throwback jerseys for Saturday’s visit from Washington (3-5, 2-3) in hopes of recapturing the spirit of the 1967 team led by quarterback Gary Beban, the only Bruins player to win the Heisman Trophy.

For 15 surprising minutes against the Beavers, the UCLA offense finally looked as sharp as Neuheisel expected it would be all season long. Quarterback Kevin Prince led two touchdown drives capped by two-point conversions in the fourth quarter, tying Oregon State at 19 with 2:06 left.

 Read more: http://www.mercurynews.com/california/ci_13697193

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The view from UCLA, regarding Washington’s Big Win

The basketball game Saturday at Bank of America Arena felt like a fight. Big men for UCLA and Washington traded blows inside. Guards flew in from the perimeter and leaped fearlessly towards the hoop. Both teams looked poised for a dramatic finish.

Then the Bruins collapsed.

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Redistribution of Wealth, Pac-10 Style

With President-Elect Barack Obama’s recent ascension to power, it’s possible that he and Congress will carry out a “redistribution of wealth” in the coming years.  In keeping with this country’s current trend toward socialism, perhaps the same principles should be applied to the Pac-10.

Bellotti in purple and gold?

Bellotti in purple and gold?

 

ESPN’s Chris Fowler recently penned a column, lamenting the pathetic performances of the Huskies and Cougars football teams, and stating the need for the other conference schools to help with a bailout package.

It’s interesting to take that one step further.  Why should USC continue to reap the benefits of Pete Carroll as head coach year after year?  Why should Washington State be limited by their remote location and inhospitable climes in their ability to hire a top-notch coach?

With this in mind, I put the names of every Pac-10 football coach into a box, shook it violently (fueled by the animosity brought on by Washington’s 0-9 season) and then conducted a mock draft.  I reassigned the names to each Pac-10 team.  I did this only once, and with no manipulation of the outcome.

 

Here were the results:

Team                                      New Head Coach

Washington State……………..Rick Neuheisel

Washington…………………….. Mike Bellotti

Oregon……………………………. Jim Harbaugh

Oregon State…………………..  Paul Wulff

California………………………..   Mike Stoops

Stanford………………………….. Pete Carroll

USC…………………………………. Dennis Erickson

UCLA……………………………….  Tyrone Willingham

Arizona………………………………Mike Riley

Arizona State……………………..Jeff Tedford

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The Looming Rivalry between Neuheisel and Carroll

Pete Carroll vs. Rick Neuheisel might be the slam-dunk storyline of 2010, provided Carroll stays at USC and Neuheisel stays clear of the NCAA.

Click here to read Chris Dufresne’s article in the LA Times.

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Rick Neuheisel introduces DeWayne Walker and Norm Chow

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Rick Neuheisel directs UCLA Marching Band Skeleton Crew

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