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Pac-10 Media Day Comes To The Rose Bowl
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  07/29/2010

July 29, 2010

Video of Rick Neuheisel and Rahim Moore at Media Day

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Day Three of the Pac-10 Conference's Media 'Day' took place Thursday. For the first time ever, the event was held at the Rose Bowl, UCLA's home stadium. Each school was represented by its head coach, all of whom were in New York on Monday night and Tuesday morning and on the ESPN campus Tuesday afternoon, and one player.

Head coach Rick Neuheisel and All-America free safety Rahim Moore represented UCLA. In addition to appearing on stage for a 15-minute segment with the media, both did numerous electronic and print media interviews to promore UCLA and the Pac-10.

At the top of the page is a link to a Photo Gallery of the day.

Below are quotes from their time on stage:

Head Coach Rick Neuheisel

Opening Statement...
"This is an exciting time of year. We have a very challenging schedule. We have made strides over the past couple of years to earn the right to be talked about as a great team in all facets, from recruiting, to the sweat equity Rahim and his teammates have given. We are developing a culture that will carry us through those tough times when games are close. We are very, very excited about beginning the season. August 9 is our first practice and I know our guys are really excited and can't wait to get started. We are looking to keep the momentum going of UCLA football going until we are playing in this great stadium in January."

On his thoughts on the league division...
"I have a personal opinion on what's best for UCLA in terms of playing the best competition. What may be best for me may not be good for a team in the Northwest."

On his goals and expectations for this season...
"To be better than we were last year. I say that because I want the momentum to keep going. 4-8 year one, I was not expecting that, Last year we went 0-5 in October. We were in every game but just couldn't get it done. But we were able to find a way to right the ship and made it to a bowl game and pulled out the win, even though we were behind at halftime. All those things led to a real great work ethic in the offseason months and excitement about going forward. For the first time since I got to UCLA, we are an experienced football team. That doesn't mean we wont have an infusion of young guys that will still be key players. But we have guys like Rahim, Kevin Prince and Akeem Ayers. These guys have played and played at a high level. And our kicking game is quite possibly the best in the country. If we can be consistent on both sides of the ball, play to our strengths with special teams as we increase team speed, hopefully we can be a team who wins those games that got away from us in the month of October last year, and as we do that then we can get back into the Conference race and get back into the national discussion."

On changing the Pac-10 culture...
"I want to compliment Commissioner Scott for what we have done in trying to change the culture of this Conference. If you talk to people from around the country, they would say we don't play "real football" out here. Going to New York and taking the East Coast bias head-on, I thought it was a bold move. I wasn't sure about it at first, but after going through it yesterday I think it was brilliant. Only time will tell, but I can tell you having coached at the NFL level there is plenty of Pac-10 representation out there. And there is no reason our Conference can't be the best out there, and part of that is the perception and change the culture from a national standpoint I think is the right way to go about that."

Junior Defensive Back Rahim Moore

How do you top last season...
"Doing everything I can to get better. Because it is not about topping last year. If I could, I would take away the 10 picks to get 10 wins. It is about getting me better and everyone around me better. I want to do all the things to get better and be a big contributor. This is our chance to show ourselves on the biggest state against great teams like Kanas State, Texas and Houston. This year is not about me, it is about the team."

On the top passing teams his defense will face in the Conference...
"Washington and Arizona. They do a good job with route recognition. The spread, Jake Locker and Kearse. They blend well. They are very well coached by Sarkisian. You see the points they put up. When you have a good quarterback like Jake Locker and Nick Foles. We are looking forward to it. What I have been doing is preparing our secondary as much as we can and be prepared to face those offenses to help our team win. I am looking forward to it When that time comes, may the best man win."


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