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Rick Neuheisel

Head Coach, Alliance Phoenix

Rick Neuheisel played his college football at UCLA, working his way from a freshman walk-on to a senior starting quarterback, leading the team to a Rose Bowl victory and earning MVP honors in the process. 

Following UCLA, Neuheisel would forgo the NFL Draft for the USFL, where he played two seasons with the San Antonio Gunslingers. He transitioned to the NFL in 1987, splitting the season with the San Diego Chargers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 

Neuheisel began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at UCLA, where he tutored Troy Aikman, and became a full-time assistant coach in 1988, a position he held until 1993. In 1994, Neuheisel moved to the University of Colorado as an assistant under Bill McCartney. When McCartney retired following the 1994 season, Neuheisel was named head coach. He was just 34-years-old. During his time at Colorado, he amassed a 33-14 record, including three bowl victories. 

In 1999, Neuheisel was named head coach of the Washington Huskies. In his second season at the helm, the Huskies were ranked #3 in the country, securing a Pac-10 title and Rose Bowl victory. Neuheisel is the only person to win a Rose Bowl MVP award as a player and coach a team to a Rose Bowl victory. He finished his career at Washington with a 33-16 record.

In 2005, Neuheisel joined the Baltimore Ravens as quarterbacks coach. That season, the Ravens acquired Steve McNair and won the AFC North division with a 13-3 record. Following the 2006 season, Neuheisel was promoted to offensive coordinator. 

On December 29, 2007, Neuheisel returned to his alma mater, UCLA, as head coach. His four-year tenure included a bowl victory in 2009 and Pac-12 championship appearance in 2011. 

Following his coaching career, Neuheisel transitioned to broadcasting. In 2012, Neuheisel joined the Pac-12 Network as studio and football game analyst. In 2015, he was hired by CBS Sports as a College Football Today analyst.

 

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