After telling a reporter on Friday that he would be returning for his senior season, UCLA junior safety Rahim Moore qualified those statements on Monday, saying that he would wait until the offseason to decide his future.
Moore, an All-American as a sophomore after leading the nation in interceptions, is rated No. 24 on ESPN analyst Mel Kiper’s Big Board.
“I was caught up in it,” Moore said of his comments after the Bruins’ 55-34 loss at Arizona State on Friday. “I’m not really worrying about next year. I’m loyal to the team. I don’t have any plans on leaving. I haven’t even discussed it with my family yet.
“I don’t know what my decision is going to be.”
General day-of-game parking at the Rose Bowl will be available after 9:30AM on Saturday (game day). Day of game parking is $15 per vehicle.
Persons with reserved passes can enter their lots after 6:00AM on game day.
Please note that for this game, Lot H was sold in advance to UCLA season ticket holders on a reserved basis and will open to permit holders at 6:00AM.
RV parking is available to the general public on a limited basis, beginning at 4:00PM on Friday, December 3. The fee for overnight RV parking is $300 per vehicle and is available on West Drive only (west side of stadium). Day of game RV parking, on a space available basis will commence at 7:00AM and the fee will be $40 per vehicle.
The shuttle from downtown Pasadena (Parsons Engineering Company, Fair Oaks and Walnut Avenues in Pasadena) begins on 4:30PM. There is a fee of $12 per vehicle to park at the Parsons Lot. There is no fee to ride the shuttle. Shuttles will run every 5 minutes and will return after the game for approximately 90 minutes.
UCLA has one game remaining, Saturday’s grudge match against cross-town rival USC at the Rose Bowl, but Rick Neuheisel’s 2011 passion bucket is already starting to fill.
In the face of a 4-7 record and the team’s second bowl-less offseason in three years, the UCLA head coach continues to wave the flag of optimism.
Even after the Bruins’ 55-34 loss at Arizona State on Friday.
“We’re going to be a better football team,” Neuheisel said. “To have that actually come to fruition, you have to count on a few things. You have to count on a reasonable amount of health. You’ve got to count on the fact there’s going to be an unbelievable amount of work in winter months. That I can promise.
“I would be crushed if we don’t make postseason next year.”
Despite the guaranteed losing record, Neuheisel looks back at winnable games this season to maintain his faith, believing a few crucial games changed the course of the year.
“I think we’re close,” Neuheiel said during his Sunday conference call with reporters. “The score is 10-7 when (sophomore quarterback Richard Brehaut) goes out against Washington. (Sophomore quarterback Kevin) Prince doesn’t get any training camp time against Kansas State. The Arizona game was there, we had chances, we didnt get it done. I think we’re close.”
Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades, though, and certainly not in college football recruiting, so Neuheisel will have to do his best sell-job of his short UCLA tenure during the offseason.
The Bruins have had three straight top-15 classes in Neuheisel’s reign, as he’s been able to sell the future now.
With now looking pretty spotty, the future is all he’s got.
“I’m tired of doing excuses,” Neuheisel said. “I’m looking for some hungry guys who want to play ball who want to get an education at the best place in the country. We’ll do fine in recruiting. We will do fine.”
Bumps and Bruises
Sophomore cornerback Andrew Abbott and freshman defensive tackle Cassius Marsh and Andrew Abbott both suffered concussions against the Sun Devils and are going through the protocol early this week. Neuheisel expects them to play against USC.
Mitch or Matt?
Despite USC quarterback Matt Barkley’s proclamation to ESPN Los Angeles on Saturday that he would play against UCLA on Saturday after suffering a high ankle sprain against Oregon State on Nov. 20, Neuheisel is preparing for both Barkley and backup Mitch Mustain.
In place of Barkley, Mustain completed 20-of-37 passes for 177 yards and an interception in the Trojans’ 20-16 loss to Notre Dame on Saturday.
“I’m just watching that tape right now,” Neuheisel said. “Mitch Mustain is a quality, quality quarterback. He was a superstar as a freshman. No question they can run that offense with Mitch Mustain in there.”