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COACH AND PROGRAM
Rick Neuheisel is out of the NCAA doghouse and back at his alma mater as the 16th head coach of UCLA football. He quarterbacked the Bruins to victory in the 1984 Rose Bowl and compiled a record of 66-30 in eight seasons as the head coach at Colorado (1995-98) and Washington (1999-2002). His teams won at least 10 games three times, finished in the Top 10 three times and went to seven bowl games. He was 23-9 against the Pac-10 with the Huskies and went to the Rose Bowl in 2000.
Neuheisel, 47, is a polar personality opposite of stoic predecessor Karl Dorrell, who lost at least six games in four of his five seasons. He has the charm and charisma to compete with USC's Pete Carroll in the blinding L.A. media spotlight and inside the living rooms of blue-chip recruits.