Rick Neuheisel Hot Seat: Bruins Head Coach Won't Be Fired After Arizona Debacle

Rick Neuheisel is on the hot seat as UCLA Bruins head football coach. A blowout defeat to the previously 1-5 Arizona Wildcats won't help matters.

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Rick Neuheisel Hot Seat: UCLA Football Head Coach Won't Be Fired Yet, Probably Must Win Out

Rick Neuheisel's situation in Westwood as UCLA Bruins head coach might be more tenuous than ever after getting plastered in Tucson by a not-so-good Arizona Wildcats squad, but it doesn't look as if his boss is about to let him loose. Athletic director Dan Guerrero is sticking by his hire, at least for a little longer.

Ramona Shelburne of ESPN Los Angeles has more on the story.

"Rick is my coach," Guerrero said after watching the lopsided loss. "I don't know who is talking about him being relieved early, but it's certainly not me. He's a great Bruin. I want to see him succeed.

"We'll evaluate at the end of the year like we always evaluate and make determinations (of) what we're going to do at that point. But right now, all this talk about him staying or him going, that does nothing for our team that is trying to regroup and go out there every week and play hard and try to win football games."

Guerrero's stance makes sense--UCLA still has plenty to gain from this season, and making an in-season change would probably be a little too dramatic at this juncture. The Bruins, despite the embarrassing loss, still can win the Pac-12 South by winning out, and still have a great shot at bowl eligibility if they can win the majority of their games. UCLA going 7-5/6-6 is not out of the realm of possibility given that the team's remaining games in-conference are absolutely winnable.

It's not likely getting to a bowl will save Rick either though. He might have to get his team to the Pac-12 title game AND win it. Guerrero had this to say on his blog.

"I certainly believe that, based on what I have seen in the first three conference games, the 2011 team has improved over last year, though we are still not where we ultimately want to be as a program. Nevertheless, our coaching staff and players are working hard to get better every week and to improve upon the previous week's performance. Among the expectations for this year is to get back into a bowl game; to not accomplish this goal for a second consecutive season would be a disappointment. But be assured that returning to a bowl is just one of several steps we need to take to get this program to the level we all desire."

Not looking good for Rick. But he's still in charge, meaning he still has a chance to turn things around for his football team.

To discuss more on the Neuheisel situation, head to Bruins Nation.

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Rick Neuheisel Hot Seat: UCLA Athletic Director Says Status Of Bruins Football Coach Is 'Day-To-Day'

Rick Neuheisel is on the hot seat as UCLA Bruins head football coach, as athletic director Dan Guerrero described his coach's status as 'day-to-day'.

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