Rick Neuheisel Out As UCLA Head Coach After This Season

Tuesday November 29th, 2011

UCLA has decided not to bring back head football coach Rick Neuheisel next season, a source told ESPN.com. He will still coach in the Pac-12 title game.

The 50-year-old Neuheisel has been the head coach of the Bruins since 2008 when he signed a five-year contract with the school. In four seasons he has posted a 20-27 overall record, including a 12-22 mark in Pac-10 conference play. This year the Bruins are 6-6 overall and 5-4 in the Pac-10, but will be representing the Pac-12 South in this weekend’s title game as a result of USC's is ineligibility.

On Sunday, Neuheisel indicated to reporters that his team’s improvement this season would likely mean he would be allowed to return to UCLA for the fifth and final year of his contract.

"I was told that we need to move the needle and if the needle moved that we would be fine and I'd get to continue along my five years of my five-year contract," Neuheisel said according to ESPN. "We have won five conference games as opposed to three last year. We have won the right to represent the South in the conference championship. We've certainly had some unfortunate evenings where things haven't gone our way, but I think the program is headed in the right direction."
Neuheisel has an 86-57 overall record as a college football head coach, having also spent time with the Washington Huskies and Colorado Buffaloes. The former NFL quarterback has also served as an assistant coach for the Baltimore Ravens.

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide - from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Seth Davis, and more - delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.