Heading into the Pac-12 Championship Game against Oregon, UCLA players are trying desperately to get their minds right, but it's difficult with their coach being fired and the administration showing little faith that the Bruins can upset the heavily favored Ducks.
Rumors had been swirling all year that coach Rick Neuheisel was on his last legs, but after an embarrassing 50-0 loss to rival USC, athletic director Dan Guerrero finally pulled the trigger and declared that Neuheisel would officially be gone after Friday's game.
"I feel like they could have waited," defensive end Datone Jones told the Orange County Register. "I feel like it's a distraction to our team. It's another distraction we have. I was hurt. To see him go down is crazy. But we can't do anything about it."
But the fact that Guerrero marked Friday as Neuheisel's last game has struck a chord with some players because if the Bruins were to pull off the upset, it would mean a trip to the Rose Bowl without their leader. TheRead More »from Rick Neuheisel’s exit creates a bigger distraction at Oregon than 31-point spread