Fresh off a humiliating 50-0 loss to crosstown rival USC, UCLA officials are reportedly set to fire head football coach Rich Neuheisel after next week's game against Oregon in the PAC-12 Championship.
Anonymous sources told the Los Angeles Times that Neuheisel's chances of retaining his job are bleak.
Though the USC loss didn't help his case, Neuheisel was already on the hot seat. The former UCLA quarterback was 21-28 in four seasons as the Bruins head coach. His best record with UCLA was in 2009, when the team finished with a 7-6 record. In that 2009 season, UCLA defeated Temple in the EagleBank Bowl, 30-21, which was the lone bowl appearance for the Bruins.
Though UCLA have wins against several ranked opponents in four seasons under Neuheisel, the Bruins have failed to beat USC in four tries.
UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero, would not comment about Neuheisel's future.
The players are fighting tooth and nail for him right now, said UCLA receiver Taylor Embree, according to the Times.
It is unclear whether an upset victory over Oregon on Friday would be enough to keep Neuheisel at UCLA. The Bruins are expected to be heavy underdogs to the eight-ranked Ducks.
Neuheisel didn't help his cause with some of the statements he directed at USC. Before the UCLA-USC game, he said that the Bruins had closed the gap with the Trojans.
In his first reference to USC as head coach, Neuheisel appeared in an ad that declared: The Football Monopoly in L.A. Is Officially Over.
The Orange County Register listed Boise State coach Chris Peterson, Houston's Kevin Sumlin, Mike Bellotti of Oregon, and June Jones of SMU, as potential candidates to replace Neuheisel.