Dredging up some pity for Rick Neuheisel takes some doing.
If not due to his days as "Slick Rick," the too-cool-for-school serial rule bender, then certainly for the empty promises of his four years as coach at UCLA, which were bookended by the "Monopoly Is Over in LA" proclamation and Saturday's 50-0 shellacking by USC, which illustrated quite clearly who lives on Park Place and who doesn't.
But he's a sympathetic figure now. For that, Neuheisel can thank UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero, who not only fired him Monday -- five days before the Bruins are to play Oregon in the Pac-12 Championship game -- but who also stated that if, by some miracle, UCLA were to advance to the Rose Bowl, Neuheisel would not coach the Bruins there.
How petulant. How small-minded. How UCLA.
So, if you're fortunate enough to take UCLA to its first Rose Bowl in 13 years, here's the way we'd like to thank you, as a distinguished alum and former Rose Bowl MVP: by handing you a severance check and tel...