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VIDEO: Hey, guess which CBS Sports Analyst interviewed UCLA’s Jim Mora?

The arrival of Rick Neuheisel in 2008 brought a crap-load hype and excitement from UCLA alum, students and fans. That obviously fizzled and Neuheisel was fired this past November and the once-hopeful hiring wound up in disappointment.

Jim L. Mora is, so far, a bit of a reversed story. His hiring brought a shit-load of vitriol from the UCLA fan-base but, all of a sudden, he has the UCLA universe hopeful once more after a wildly successful recruiting season.

And those two men, for the first time in the public’s eye, spoke to one another over the phone while CBS Sports interviewed Jim Mora on his successful 2012 recruiting class. Watch:

Yes, I think that pretty much sums up UCLA. Despite the fact that Mora was met with a ton of opposition during his hiring, and despite Neuheisel’s rough firing this past fall, the two men were amicable and joking around. You can tell Rick felt everything was a little surreal by the way he spoke to Mora. When you talk to your successor at your beloved university, which you would gladly spill blood, sweat and tears for, things are bound to get a little emotional.

But Rick did not cry and Mora said the right things. No awkward TV moment, no hard feelings. While we all desperately wanted Rick Neuheisel to succeed when he was hired, and while we all begged for anyone else but Jim Mora to replace Rick, we can see the level of professionalism oozing through the YouTubez.

And that, ladies and gents, is what it means to be a Bruin.

Rick Neuheisel is going to cover National Signing Day on CBS Sports

Remember Rick Neuheisel, our very-friendly, always-inviting and ever-proud football coach? Sure, he may never have panned out, but all UCLA football fans know that he loves his Bruins through and through.

Well, we get to see one of our own cover the biggest day in the college football offseason when Neuheisel gets on CBS Sports to talk about National Signing Day. From the Seattle Times:

The Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl late last month jokingly called itself the “Interim Coaches Bowl.” Illinois played UCLA, and both Illini coach Ron Zook and UCLA’s Rick Neuheisel had already been fired.

Where do fired coaches end up? Well, next week, they’re going to be analyzing national football letter-of-intent signees. CBS Sports Network has their signatures, so to speak, for studio insight and analysis.

I’ve always thought Neuheisel would be good on TV — either as a game commentator or even a studio analyst. He’s telegenic, bright and I think could come off as likeable.

Duh, of course he’s likable, silly-head. He only captivated the hearts of Bruins everywhere with his last post-practice presser:

Dammit. Seeing the video makes me almost want to cry, because Neuheisel wasn’t crying because he was getting fired. He was crying because he knew he couldn’t provide our beloved university with the success it had hoped he would bring when he was first hired four years ago.

Anyway, we get to see Rick succeed at a platform he’s comfortable in (public speaking and in front of cameras). Here’s hoping the dude continues to represent the University of California, Los Angeles as he has his whole life: with his passion bucket full.

 


Rick Neuheisel’s last post-practice presser makes me want to cry

I’ve said all I wanted to say about Neuheisel in my last post. Like I said, RN is a die-hard, True Blue-bleeding Bruin. Best of luck, Coach, and let’s kick some ass and chew some bubble gum in Eugene, OR this Saturday.

UCLA players carry Rick Neuheisel off of practice field, sing fight song in solidarity

The above picture was taken by Jon Gold at Inside UCLA, and it says a lot of things about our Bruins.

For one, it’s important to note what it meant to Jon Gold:

Neuheisel’s last practice at Spaulding field as head coach of the Bruins culminated in a celebration, not for a coach, it seemed, but for a UCLA legend.

You can’t rephrase that and do that quote justice. Gold is absolutely right — this is less about Rick Neuheisel the UCLA head honcho, and more about Rick Neuheisel, the die-hard, True Blue-bleeding Bruin whose dream job was to take the reigns at UCLA.

We can talk about how his tenure didn’t work out and all that, but there’s been enough of that. This is as heartwarming a moment as you can find at any college. Neuheisel took beatings in the media, in the blogosphere and from fans (hell, I’ve booed Rick at the Rose Bowl before, I admit). Yet, the guy stood tall and proud to be coaching his UCLA Bruins. What was indifference to us was undying optimism and love for his alma mater, and the belief that he would do anything to make things right. It’s killing him to know that he’s going out the way he is, but as his mantra goes (one which he’s reminded us like hell the past few days), “tough situations don’t last; tough people do.”

Don’t expect this to be the last thing we hear from RN. Because while his tenure here in Westwood was rocky, it had its good moments, especially this past year. Going 5-1 at home, in front of the fans who so wished for your exit, is no joke. Learning to adjust to your quarterback’s strengths (as Kevin Prince has fluorished in the second half of the season, while Richard Brehaut showed flashes of brilliance after replacing Prince) is a tall task for anyone. RN is a hell of an offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He’s going to get picked up, and that team will be lucky to have him tag along their coaching staff.

Who knows? Perhaps in five years, if we’ve managed to pick up another stinker of a head coach, RN will have risen up from the ashes and matured well enough to really take the reigns of a legitimate, Division-I football program, and there’ll be a vacancy.

OK, so that’s a little too storybook-fairy-tale, but I’m not ruling out anything…

I’m not crying. It’s just raining on my face.