Rick Neuheisel: UCLA football held back by lack of nutrition facility

Jim Thompson / SportsBronze.com

Jim Thompson / SportsBronze.com

After UCLA’s season-ending loss to Nebraska on Saturday in the Foster Farms Bowl, Jim Mora stressed the Bruins’ need to self-reflect — to analyze everything from its practice structure to strength and conditioning.

“You just tear it apart,” he said.

The fourth-year head coach particularly harped on UCLA’s need to get bigger and stronger, so as to not get “pushed around” by power teams such as the Huskers and Stanford. His predecessor doesn’t think that will come easy.

On SiriusXM College Sports Nation today, former Bruin coach Rick Neuheisel said that the fact that the program still doesn’t have a dedicated nutrition facility will hamper its efforts to maintain size throughout the course of the season.

“UCLA is built now to handle spread offenses,” Neuheisel said. “They are three-down front, they are going to accordion out and play the Oregons and Arizona States and Arizonas. But the size issues are still going to be there for UCLA. And it gets back to the one thing that was widely out of whack for my program there as compared to the program across town, USC, which is the nutrition.”

  • WESTWOOD ROB

    Have they tried quinoa?

    • USC Rah Rah’s Rule

      Has ANYONE tried quinoa?……….

      • gotroy22

        I think their problem was the pregame kale salad.

  • foodBruin

    Bruin linemen should start eating more chanko-nabe (the diet of sumo wrestlers in Japan)

  • Just Owns

    RN offers excuses that Mora should have already addressed. And RN fails to address Mazzone predictable, non-performing, no plan B offense.

    As an example, early in the game JR hit KW with a pretty TD pass. What happened to KW after the TD is a typical Mazzone mystery.

    RN may have a point, but Mora is clueless. The San Bernardino camp bit, for whatever its worth, is Mora’s sole so-so FB innovation.

    Mora does receive kudo’s for charity fundraising and organizing golf tournaments.

    Rocky Long is right down the 5 freeway.

    • Jethro G Sabbath

      So is Lego Land

      • gotroy22

        I heard you have a season pass there, Jethrahrah.

        • USC Rah Rah’s Rule

          you should talk….You’re still in mourning over the closure of Santa’s Village…….

          • Just Owns

            Rah-Rah + JG = twin pimples on Twin Sister’s nose.

          • Jethro G Sabbath

            You sure talk tough when you know gotroy will back you up.

          • gotroy22

            You sure talk big after USC finally beats the ruins after 3 years. That is classless.

          • Jethro G Sabbath

            My bad

          • gotroy22

            Garry Bleauz is actually pretty funny when he isn’t under the thumb of The Dr. Rachel Maddow of Inside USC.

          • gotroy22

            I heard you spent the last week vacationing at Arrowbear.

          • USC Rah Rah’s Rule

            The Four Seasons in Redlands was fully booked…..

        • Just Owns

          JG’s motto: Monkey see, Monkey do.

    • gotroy22

      Rocky created a monster defense in 1997, but then selfishly abandoned you ruins when you had the chance to be great in 1998. Instead your Alioti defense cost you the natty in the infamous Miami meltdown. Why bring him back now?

      • Just Owns

        22, bringing back Rocky Long makes better sense than Haden buying Sark from U-Dub.

        Rocky Long understands the concept of FB defense. San Diego State is a better team then the team Rocky inherited.

        Mora can’t claim UCLA is a better team, and Mora can’t dodge the label of clueless.

  • Jethro G Sabbath

    Do you guys really want to trust Slick Rick when he’s offering advice regarding your football team?

    • gotroy22

      Why would they trust advice from you, Jethrahrah?

      • Jethro G Sabbath

        I didn’t offer any

        • gotroy22

          Sure you did, you just told them not to trust a UCLA Rose Bowl hero.

          • Jethro G Sabbath

            It kinda looks like I asked a question, not offered advice.
            You can’t possibly be for real, can you?

  • Bobbyv

    If by “nutrition” you mean steroids, growth hormone and the like . Lots of colleges are doing it.
    Usc emohasizes nutrition. Matt Barkley bulked up remarkably quickly. Brian Cushing and clay Mathews as well . And countless others

    • gotroy22

      Calling Dr. Ting! Maybe Peyton Manning has some ideas for your ruins as well.

      • USC Rah Rah’s Rule

        I guess that’s one way to make the news on Al Jazeera…..

        • 88 Straight

          The Ting brothers aren’t around anymore. Nebraska used to have a big steroid program going on under St. Tom Osborne.

          • gotroy22

            But his Dad certainly created two physical specimens through chemistry who were good enough to play at USC.

          • 88 Straight

            And Brian Cushing, Taylor Mays and a few others as well.

    • UCLAcamp9

      No doubt about it! These guys should be tested.

  • Sandy Underpants

    Rick Neuheisel needs to google himself so he can stop offering coaching advice, to anyone. He’s the losingest head coach in Bruin history and he carries himself like he’s Nick Saban. Incredible.