The UCLA football players planned and executed a fitting tribute to recently fired Coach Rick Neuheisel following his last practice.  The players carried their coach off the field while chanting the UCLA fight song which was led by Neuheisel.  Neuheisel’s last game coaching the Bruins will be this Friday against Oregon in the Pac-12 championship.

According to the LA Times:

Asked whether he could have received a better tribute, Neuheisel said, “It’s tough to imagine. It’s meaningful when you work to create relationships. You want the best for them. You want them to achieve what they are capable of achieving. Despite the fact that we didn’t win enough games, I think they are achieving as people. I am extremely proud to be a part of this team and I’m looking forward to a grand finish.”

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image via UCLA Athletics Twitter

  • Mark UCLA ’79

    I wish RN all the best in his future endeavors. As an alumnus (as well as the son and brother of other alumni), I am very saddened by his termination. Although understandable in today’s get-it-done NOW world, I would have liked Rick to have been given the last year of his contract to find the elite level of success that we all want for the Bruins (hopefully without the injuries to his starting qb’s, etc., and without the conflicts with his assistant coaches so prevelant in previous years).

    He deserves the Bruin Family’s appreciation for running a clean program, for his unwavering loyalty and dedication to UCLA, and for handling things in such a classy way after being terminated.

    Thank you Rick, and good luck!

    Go Bruins–let’s win the PAC-12 Championship!

  • There are winners on the field and winners in life. Coach Neuheisal has demonstrated class the entire time he has been at UCLA and has taught me through his actions during this tough time how to be a winner in life. Everyone should agree that being a winner in life is more important than just being a winner on the field. Thanks Coach Rick!