Oregon Magazine

Pigskin Pete:
UPac12 Coaching Hazardous
Profession as Four Axed
by Fred Delkin

    Seekers of a secure profession are reminded once again that a college football head coaching position is not it.  No less than four Pac12 grid chieftains have been relieved of duty this season...Mike Stoops at Arizona, ASU's Dennis Erickson, UCLA's Rick Neuheisel and now, WSU's Paul Wulff.  Each had several years to build a winning program, but failed.  Oregon's Autzen Stadium will witness Neuheisel's last hurrah this Friday evening.  Ricky has certainly had his chances, but wrecked strong programs at Colorado and Washington before returning to his alma mater (some athletic directors just don't read resume's).  This was not the year for the Pac12to stage a North vs. South title match.  USC proved the only competent contender in the South, but NCAA sanctions for past Trojan sins keeps Troy from playing for a title. So we have 6-6 UCLA facing 10-2 Oregon.

UCLA @ OREGON--this nationally televised match shouldn't be, with the Ducks a 40-point favorite on their home turf.  College play is never devoid of shocking upsets, but this won't be one. Oregon is playing for another Rose Bowl appearance, and we believe they wil lambaste the best of the Big Ten when they play in Pasadena.  The Ducks are at a peak on both offense and defense and their coach Chip Kelly will burnish his record further in this one. OREGON by 35.

The Pac12 has seven teams with enough wins to earn a bowl berth, but only Stanford is deserving of post season play, though greedy sponsors are pungling up for no less than 35 bowls this holiday season, spread from Albuquerque to Tempe., starting with the New Mexico bowl on Dec. 17.

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