UCLA Fires Football Coach Neuheisel After 50-0 Loss to Crosstown Rival USC

UCLA fired football coach Rick Neuheisel after the Bruins lost to crosstown rival the University of Southern California 50-0 two days ago, the school said on its website.

Neuheisel, 50, who is 21-28 in four seasons at the Los Angeles school, will coach the Bruins (6-6) against the University of Oregon (10-2) in the Pac-12 title game this week, the school said.

After that game, Mike Johnson, the team’s offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach, will lead the Bruins on an interim basis until a permanent replacement is chosen, UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero said today in a statement.

“Decisions such as this one do not come without a great deal of heartache,” Guerrero said. “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.”

Before joining UCLA for the 2008 season, Neuheisel spent three years as an assistant with the National Football League’s Baltimore Ravens. He also coached the University of Washington to a 33-16 record over four seasons before being fired in 2003 after admitting to winning $20,000 on a college basketball gambling pool. He sued the school and the National Collegiate Athletic Association, and settled in March 2005 for $4.7 million.

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