Tag:Pac-12
Posted on: December 1, 2011 12:36 pm
Edited on: December 1, 2011 12:38 pm
 

VIDEO: Bruins carry Neuheisel off practice field

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

After the 50-0 humiliation at the hands of USC -- not to mention the fact that none of his four regular seasons were any better than the worst regular season turned in by fired predecessor Karl Dorrell -- it was, almost certainly, time for Rick Neuheisel to go. But say this for the UCLA head coach: he never lost his players.

You can see as much in this video from the end of Wednesday's final full practice under Neuheisel before they take on Oregon in Saturday's Pac-12 championship game. Yes, that's Neuheisel being carried off the field on his players' shoulders as they sing the UCLA fight song:



Not surprisingly, Neuheisel -- a UCLA alum and former Bruin quarterback star -- was more than a little moved by the gesture, pausing to compose himself more than once while delivering his post-practice comments to the media:
“(A better tribute) is tough to imagine but it’s meaningful when you work to create relationships and you want desperately for them to achieve what they’re capable of achieving. Despite the fact that we didn’t win enough games, I think they are achieving as people.

I’m extremely proud to be a part of this team and I’m looking forward to a what is hopefully a grand finish.”
That finish might be tough to come by against the Ducks in Autzen, the same team and location where Neuheisel's Bruins were demolished 60-13 last season. But UCLA will at least have the chance to play in a bowl game after the NCAA approved a waiver to allow them into the postseason at 6-7.

Neuheisel won't be coaching the team for that game, as interim coach Mike Johnson will have taken the reins. But after the above send-off, he's already got an ending as happy as this season was going to allow.

HT: Dr. Saturday
Posted on: December 1, 2011 11:30 am
Edited on: December 1, 2011 12:38 pm
 

Barkley submits paperwork to the NFL

Posted by Tom Fornelli

It's not a final decision by any means, but USC quarterback Matt Barkley has submitted paperwork to the NFL, though he has not yet declared for the NFL Draft. Barkley simply submitted his standard evaluation request that most draft-eligible juniors turn into the NFL when they're considering leaving school early to get a better idea of what NFL scouts and talent evaluators think of them.

If word comes back that Barkley should expect to be an early first round pick, it could sway his decision about whether to leave USC or return for his senior season. He has until mid-January to make his decision. Barkley is the second-ranked quarterback according to CBSSports.com's NFL Draft rankings.

Barkley filed the paperwork at the suggestion of his head coach, Lane Kiffin, though Kiffin hasn't made it a secret in recent weeks that he's hoping his quarterback comes back, even if he's not going to pressure him into it.

The 2012 season will be probation free for USC, which means that it will be eligible to play for a Pac-12 title and for a bowl game. With such a young and talented roster this season, there are many who believe that if Barkley were to return for his senior season that USC would be a legitimate threat to win a national title next season.
Posted on: November 30, 2011 5:17 pm
Edited on: November 30, 2011 5:28 pm
 

NCAA approves UCLA's bowl waiver petition

Posted by Tom Fornelli

So it turns out that no matter what happens in Friday night's inaugural Pac-12 Championship Game, it will not be the final time UCLA plays this season. The NCAA announced on Wednesday that it had approved UCLA's bowl waiver petition.

“As a program, we appreciate the NCAA approving our petition for a bowl waiver,” said UCLA Director of Athletics Dan Guerrero in a release. “We will be able to give our 18 seniors one more chance to represent their university and end their collegiate careers on a high note, regardless of the outcome of this Friday’s Pac-12 Championship Game. We’d like to thank the NCAA for considering the unique situation in which we find ourselves this year and rewarding us with this opportunity.” 

The reason this was in question was because UCLA finished the regular season at 6-6, in second place in the Pac-12's South Division, but due to USC's postseason ban, the Bruins were the team to move on to the championship game. Well, if UCLA loses that game against heavily-favored Oregon, the Bruins would be 6-7 on the season, and teams with losing records aren't normally allowed to play in bowl games.

That is, not without a waiver from the NCAA.

As for where UCLA would play in a bowl game, CBSSports.com's Jerry Palm currently has the Bruins projected to face Illinois in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl
Posted on: November 30, 2011 2:11 pm
 

VIDEO: Pac-12 Championship Game Preview

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Oregon will host UCLA for the first ever Pac-12 championship game on Friday. Who will come out on top and take the Pac-12 title and a trip to the Rose Bowl? Spencer Tillman and Jason Horowitz discuss the matchup in this video preview.

Posted on: November 30, 2011 1:23 pm
Edited on: November 30, 2011 1:24 pm
 

PODCAST: Week 14 Preview

Posted by Tom Fornelli

It's the last weekend preview show of the season -- which makes me incredibly sad as I type that, where did this season go? -- and there are quite a few big games to go over. There's the SEC Championship, the Big Ten Championship, the ACC Championship, the Pac-12 Championship and the Conference USA Championship. In other words, there are a lot of championships on the line this weekend and the CBSSports.com College Football Podcast discusses what we can expect from all of them.

Adam Aizer and J. Darin Darst also go over what to look for in the jumbled Big East this weekend, along with a game taking place in Oklahoma that they call Bedlam.

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Posted on: November 29, 2011 4:32 pm
 

PODCAST: The Doddcast, Week 14

Posted by Chip Patterson

The time for debate is nearing a close, and soon there will be selections. Who should/will be competing the BCS National Championship in January? Who should/will win the Heisman Trophy? CBSSports.com Senior College Football Columnist Dennis Dodd joins Adam Aizer and J. Darin Darst to wrap up the discussion on the two most heated races in college football. The group also breaks down Urban Meyer's hire at Ohio State and Dodd tells you what he's hearing about several head coaching vacancies around the nation. Finally, a few lucky reader emails get some responses.

Your emails could be read on the next edition of the CBSSports.com College Football Podcast, so send them in to podcast[at]cbsinteractive [dot] com.

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Posted on: November 29, 2011 2:56 pm
Edited on: November 29, 2011 2:58 pm
 

Free Bruce Podcast: Robert Griffin III

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

He's currently No. 1 with a bullet on the CBSSports.com Heisman watch poll and has all manner of postseason accolades and honors headed his way once his tremendous junior season is finished ... but before all of that, Robert Griffin III took a few minutes to join Bruce Feldman and Bryan Fischer on this week's edition of the Free Bruce Podcast. Griffin offers his thoughts on the Heisman, Baylor's impressive season, why he chose the Bears out of high school, and whether his track career is over for good.

Feldman and Fischer also kick the podcast off with a look back at rivalry weekend, at where Michigan-Ohio State stands in the wake of the Wolverines' win and the Buckeyes' hiring of Urban Meyer, at the Pac-12 coaching carousel, and more. To listen, click below, download the mp3, or pop the podcast player out in a new window by clicking here. 

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Posted on: November 29, 2011 2:35 pm
 

Keys to the game: UCLA at Oregon

Posted by Bryan Fischer

UCLA WILL WIN IF: The Bruins need a lot to happen if they're going to pull off the improbable and win the first ever Pac-12 Championship game and a trip to the Rose Bowl. Again, they need a lot to happen if last week's loss to USC was any indication. The defense needs stops of course, allowing big plays to Oregon will not only kill them on the scoreboard but severely hamper their ability to come back with an offense that is built to run and can't really throw. The Pistol can give defenses problems if not prepared and it's possible the Ducks don't take the Bruins too seriously given that it's a home game against a .500 team. Toss in some special teams play and there's a slim chance UCLA wins.

OREGON WILL WIN IF: Just do what they tend to do to conference teams - run around them. UCLA is not exactly the marquee opponent Oregon fans (or Larry Scott for that matter) were hoping for once they beat Stanford to essentially win the Pac-12 and host the first ever championship game. Chip Kelly won't mind making a statement, especially one that features (if completely healthy) LaMichael James as he tries to make it to New York once again. The Bruins figure to run the ball so the defense will have to be prepared and should use the preparation for one of the Big Ten teams they'll face in the Rose Bowl.

X-FACTOR: Special teams. If UCLA can make a few plays in the return game (they might have plenty of chances) they could make things closer than many expect. Field position will be crucial for the offense as they likely look to control the clock and keep the ball out of the Ducks hands. Turn the ball over or allow a big return or two and this could get out of hand quickly. The Bruins have their backs against the wall so don't be surprised if they try a few trick plays as well.
 
 
 
 
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