UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel is a good football coach, but things have fallen into place just yet for the optimistic Neuheisel.
On Saturday, UCLA will host USC, but the Bruins (4-7) are no longer in contention for a bowl game.
When asked if a bowl game is essential in 2011, Neuheisel responded, “We certainly want to be in post-season on a regular basis. I understand you’re trying that get me to say something that you can hold me to it.”
Neuheisel added, “My job is to do the very best we can with what we have and go out and contribute to build what we have as best I can through recruiting and I’m going to work as hard as I’ve ever worked in my life as I have since I’ve been back at UCLA to get the best and brightest players and so forth.Do we want to be post-season next year, absolutely, absolutely.”
Unfortunate injuries at quarterback and other key positions have riddled the Bruins over the past few years. This year, UCLA ranks 112th in turnover margin and 101st in total offense.
Let’s hope Neuheisel puts it together next season.