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UCLA and Tennessee: The USC and Florida of the '10s?

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  1. CUFan

    CUFan Welcome back Club Member

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    5. UCLA and Tennessee: The USC and Florida of the '10s?

    Alabama, Oklahoma, Texas and USC recently resuscitated themselves following a decade or more of mediocrity. Several traditional powers that struggled in the 2000s should do the same this decade. Why not UCLA and Tennessee?
    The Bruins have several factors working in their favor entering their third season under Rick Neuheisel. Most notably, their cross-town rival just got hit with heavy NCAA sanctions (10 docked scholarships each of the next three seasons) that, at the very least, will benefit UCLA in head-to-head recruiting. But the Bruins weren't exactly struggling in that arena: Even coming off a 7-6 season, they landed Rivals.com's No. 8 class last spring.
    "I think we're right on the cusp of being there," said Neuheisel. "The last three years, we've gotten great recruiting classes. We've done our R&D. Now we need to execute the business plan."
    If UCLA, which enters preseason camp with just one projected senior starter, struggles this fall, it could spark grumblings about Neuheisel. But by then the foundation should be in place for either him or a successor to instigate a breakthrough right around the time USC feels the brunt of its sanctions. Remember, the Trojans started the 2000s with 5-7 and 6-6 seasons.


    Tennessee faces a longer climb back to preeminence due to the state of disarray caused by coaching changes each of the past two seasons and the fact that several of Lane Kiffin's top 2009 signees (running back Bryce Brown, defensive back Darren Myles and receiver Nu'keese Richardson) have already washed out. But new coach Derek Dooley -- son of legendary Georgia coach Vince Dooley -- signedanother top 10 class last winter and should get some leeway from normally impatient fans.
    Tennessee's big break, however, will come a few years down the road when Florida coach Urban Meyer prematurely retires (again) and Alabama's Nick Saban returns to the NFL (again).


    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/football/ncaa/08/10/new-era/index.html?eref=sihp


    Stewart Mandel and Andy Staples think Slick Rick will lead UCLA to the promise land. What is the constant fascination with this guy?
     
  2. KingPants

    KingPants Club Member Club Member

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    Neuheisel sucks, and Tennessee just hired some guy named Dick Dooley or something like that. Neither of those teams is going anywhere soon.
     
  3. sackman

    sackman Club Member Club Member

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    Both schools have some incredible advantages. Tennessee has a fanatical and devoted fan base that will throw money at the program, no questions asked, so long as they think the AD is trying to produce a winner. UCLA is at ground zero for HS football talent. They don't have a lot of competition for recruits, and are in a freakishly huge media market. USC turned these advantages into one of the most dominant football programs of the last 10 years. They lost their coach and are on probation now. Sucks for them. With Slick Rick running the show at UCLA, the very same thing will probably happen there, but sooner.
     
  4. Mick Ronson

    Mick Ronson Well-Known Member

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    i would consider UCLA significantly below programs like Bama, USC, UT, and OU. they weren't even in the top 3-4 of Pac 10 wins when that list made the rounds during the expansion discussions. Next to Barry Alvarez, I'd consider Terry Donahue to be pretty over-rated and somehow the object of an undeserving media love affair.
     
  5. wsp4820

    wsp4820 Sally Club Member Junta Member

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    Actually, if you read what they wrote, they think UCLA is in a position for Neuheisel or someone else to lead UCLA to the promised land because of three solid to good recruiting classes in a row, great location, sanctions for their top rival for recruits and attention.

    No one can question Slick's ability to recruit. Whether he build a long term dynasty, not clear. But, if he falls on his face, these guys are right, UCLA could find itself in an OU type position. Great roster just waiting for the right coach.
     
  6. Daaah

    Daaah Club Member Club Member

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    UCLA is a steaming pile of dog crap.
     
  7. JimmyBuff

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    UCLA historically isn't much different than CU. Its a Top 25 program but I seriously doubt it ever will trump USC for a long period of time.
     
  8. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    The sleeping giants right now if you look at all-time winning percentage & prestige: UCLA, Tennessee, Syracuse, Washington, Texas A&M, Miami (FL) and Colorado.
     
  9. UrbanaBuff

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    +1 on Barry Alvarez being overrated. He is credited more for resurrecting an historically irrelevant program. This is all well and good, but Wisconsin sure as hell was never a national title contender.

     
  10. UrbanaBuff

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    Florida State and Michigan just recently went to sleep, but will be back sooner rather than later.

     
  11. Razorbuff

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    and Arkansas.
     
  12. SBG

    SBG Formerly known as EFNMB Club Member Junta Member

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    If UCLA had the same admissions standards for their guys as Cal and USC they would stand a big, big chance. Seems like their administration is fine with "only" being a basketball powerhouse year in and year out.
     
  13. SINKRATZ

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    UCLA is a better school than USC, is in a MUCH better location and they play home games at the Rose Bowl - I don't see why they can't overtake USC someday as kings of SoCal. Academics? Tradition? I don't get it - talk about a gold mine if they could get the right coach.
     
  14. buffaholic

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    UCLA won't get it done with Slick at the helm. They will get good (with great talent), but they will never be a tough enough team. He's way too Slick to be a real football coach.
     
  15. GregInArlington

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    I say watch out for Fl St, Miami, Texas, USC & Oh St (Still). where's the SEC in this??? nowhere
     
  16. SBG

    SBG Formerly known as EFNMB Club Member Junta Member

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    The Rose Bowl not being located close to campus does hurt them. I know plenty of people that went to UCLA and never went to a football game while they were there. Fan support starts with getting the students/alums into the picture and keeping them there. Even so, it's the ****ing Rose Bowl. That alone makes it worth the trip when we play UCLA in a few years. Easy.

    LA is definitely more of a bball town than a football town.
     
  17. DesertDawg526

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    UCLA traditionally has done less with more than any program in America. With Rick leading them they're not going anywhere fast...
     
  18. Daaah

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    Notre Dumb.
     
  19. Duff Man

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    Texas A&M thinks you're full of ****.:lol:
     
  20. JimmyBuff

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    MOre of a baseball town too.
     

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