Rick Neuheisel looking at staff
UCLA football coach Rick Neuheisel said Monday that he would like to "move quickly" in making decisions about the future of the current coaching staff, but is not beholden to any deadlines.
After finishing the season at 4-8, Neuheisel said he would evaluate every aspect of the program, and that includes offensive coordinator Norm Chow and defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough and the jobs they did this season, but said he does not know when he expects to complete that analysis.
"I haven't given myself that timetable," Neuheisel said. "I would like to make those decisions quickly but they have to be prudent. I want to make sure I'm doing everything I can to make sure I've got everything I need information-wise and done the careful study that that requires."
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The coaching staff is currently occupied with recruiting. Football coaches are allowed to make contact with potential recruits until Dec. 20th, and any coaching move before then would impact recruiting, so it's unlikely anything would be announced before then.
Still, it would be surprising if there weren't some changes. UCLA is 99th in the nation in total offense, 104th in scoring offense and 116th in passing offense. The Bruins are 95th in total defense and 108th in rushing defense.
"I want to look at what the facts are with respect to numbers and I want to have careful reasons as to why it's that way and how we get better," Neuheisel said. "Ultimately we have to be better. And to get better you have to know how to, which means you have to have the reason."
The obvious places to look are the coordinators, but both Chow and Bullough are under contract. Chow recently had a two-year extension approved and Bullough signed a one-year extension through the 2011 season. Those contracts will be a factor, Neuheisel said, but they are not necessarily going to save either of their jobs.
"We can't be hamstrung making decisions by that," Neuheisel said. "We have to make decisions that are best for the program. It could be that everybody is back and we keep getting better. I haven't made any conclusions about those kinds of things."
Peter Yoon covers UCLA football for ESPNLosAngeles.com.