Posted by Chip Patterson
There is plenty of reason for concern in Westwood over the UCLA football program. Since hiring head coach Rick Neuheisel, the Bruins have gone 15-21, they have zero offensive identity, and despite the coaching of the legendary coordinator Norm Chow - the Bruins have no certainty at the quarterback position. Neuheisel has already addressed the evaluation process for all the assistant coaches, but what about the evaluation of the head coach?
Even with the downfalls, UCLA still has Neuheisel's back for now. Athletic director Dan Guerrero stood firmly behind his head coach when questioned about Neuheisel's status with the Bruins for 2011.
“Of course there’s never been any question of that,” Guerrero said outside the Bruin locker-room following UCLA's 55-24 loss at Arizona State on Friday. “There’s no doubt. Why would you ask that question?”
There are many reasons why both fans and critics would question Guerrero's confidence in Neuheisel. The former Washington head coach was brought in with the promise to "end the football monopoly in Los Angeles," but even with a win over the Trojans on Saturday the Bruins will have failed to pick up more than three conference victories in the brief Neuheisel era. Scott Reid, of the Orange Country Register, seems to suggest that Neuheisel's critics may also be Guerrero's critics. If so, and the losing continues, there could be major changes on the way at UCLA.