Multiple sources close to the program are indicating that UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel will be relieved of his duties following the team’s appearance in the Pac-12 championship game on Friday.
Dan Guerrero said on Saturday night that Neuheisel would coach against the Ducks but would not elaborate further after calling the loss “devastating.”
“He’s carried this program all year long; I indicated we’d evaluate this program at the end of the season,” Guerrero said. “We have one game left and we’ll do that.”
If UCLA loses at Oregon, the Bruins would technically be ineligible for a bowl game at 6-7, but the conference is able to apply for a waiver with the NCAA to get the team into the postseason.
“We’re talking to the conference office this week to see what options are in that regard,” Guerrero said.
Sources have said Neuheisel was on perilously thin ice after the Bruins’ 48-12 loss at Arizona on Oct. 20, but that back-to-back wins over Cal and Arizona State prolonged his tenure and eventually changed the opinion of decision-makers.
After the team’s 31-6 loss at Utah, though, the ice went back to being just as thin – if not thinner – and sources said that even if the team defeated USC on Saturday, or at the very least put up a good fight, Neuheisel would still be a candidate for termination.