There's a funeral Friday night, in case you hadn't heard, and plenty of people are bringing roses.
The procession started last week when UCLA went across town and got humiliated 50-0 at the hands of USC. It wound its way through Westwood on Sunday after it was announced that head coach Rick Neuheisel would be let go but, surprisingly, would coach this week in a game the Bruins had managed to back themselves into.
Neuheisel, the former walk-on quarterback who led the Bruins to a win in the 1984 Rose Bowl, will not be allowed to lead the team back to Pasadena should UCLA (6-6, 5-4) pull off a miraculous upset against Oregon (10-2, 8-1) in the Pac-12's first conference championship game. After four years on the job and a 21-28 record, it probably was time to go for the idealistic head coach known as 'Slick Rick.' The Bruins never could turn the corner, thanks to myriad issues, and as a result, Neuheisel departs as the head coach with the lowest winning percentage in UCLA history with 20 or more games coached.