Nov. 28, 2011
Los Angeles, Calif. - UCLA Head Football Coach Rick Neuheisel, who compiled a record of 21-28 in his four years at the helm, has been relieved of his duties, it was announced today by UCLA Director of Athletics Dan Guerrero.
Neuheisel will coach the Bruins in the inaugural Pac-12 Championship game on Friday, after which the Bruins will be led on an interim basis by offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach Mike Johnson. A national search for a permanent head coach will begin immediately.
"I have a great deal of respect for Rick Neuheisel and the manner in which he has run this program during his tenure as UCLA head football coach. Decisions such as this one do not come without a great deal of heartache," said Guerrero. "However, it is apparent to me that a move was necessary at this time in order to give UCLA the best chance to enjoy the success that we all desire."
Guerrero will address the media this afternoon at a 2:30 pm press conference, scheduled for the Clubhouse at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. It will be streamed live on UCLABruins.com.
"Rick Neuheisel's strong personal values, integrity and tenacity made this decision extremely difficult for Dan Guerrero and the University. We wish Rick the best in his future endeavors," said UCLA Chancellor Gene Block. "UCLA's athletic program has built a rich and proud legacy throughout the years, producing student-athletes who are winners on and off the field. While we insist on emphasizing academic performance by all students - including our student-athletes - we also have a strong commitment to ensuring our athletic programs are successful overall. I have complete confidence in Dan's ability to recruit and hire a head coach who can revitalize UCLA's football program, and have pledged my full support in this process."
The Bruins (6-6) return to the field on Friday, Dec. 2, when they travel to Eugene, Ore. to face the Oregon Ducks in the inaugural Pac-12 Football Championship Game. Kick-off time will be 5 pm PT.