SEATTLE (AP) - The smarmy critter theme began about two hours before the game.
``There he is! Neu-weasel!'' a 20-something man said as the first UCLA bus, the one carrying Rick Neuheisel, pulled up outside Husky Stadium on Saturday.
Just before kickoff of the otherwise ho-hum game between coach Neuheisel's Bruins (3-6) and his former, now flat-lining Washington Huskies (0-9), Neuheisel walked down a long, familiar tunnel from the locker rooms. As Neuheisel waited for his team to run onto the field, a grade-school boy in a purple Huskies jersey held a large sign at the railing above the tunnel. On one half was a picture of a weasel. The other had a photo of Neuheisel pointing confidently while he was the UW's coach earlier this decade.
In block letters below the pictures: ``Separated at birth.''
e first time since Washington fired him and then gave him a $4.5 million settlement to go away in 2003.
It was raining yet again in Seattle - with boos.
This was the first time Washington had faced a former coach since 1975 when Darrell Royal returned with Texas. But Royal didn't stir nearly the emotion Neuheisel has. After all, Royal spent just one season with the Huskies, going 5-5 in 1956.
Angry Washington fans blame Neuheisel for turning the Huskies into one of the nation's worst programs, the only winless major college team entering Saturday.
His tenure started out rosy. From 1999-2002, he befriended his players and brought his enthusiastic, always-sunny attitude to the program. Then he guided Washington to the 2001 Rose Bowl and finished the season ranked No. 3. He went 33-16, beat archrival Washington State each time and went to bowl games in all four of his seasons.
Huskies fans would take half that right now. Since his firing in 2003, Washington is 18-50. It hasn't had a winning season with coaches Keith Gilbertson and Tyrone Willingham since he left.

Recent NCAAF Discussions

TURKEY DAY PLAYS on Thu, Nov 2017 by BamaHater
Thanksgiving plays on Thu, Nov 2017 by JBoppa
Happy Thanksgiving on Thu, Nov 2017 by BamaHater

NCAAF Headlines

NCAAF Top Stories

Thumbnail Wash State vs. Washington Total Pick Will the under cash on Saturday night when the Washington Huskies hosts Washington State Cougars in the Apple Cup? These two teams will...
Thumbnail Texas A&M vs. LSU Total Pick Is the under a quality bet on Saturday when the LSU Tigers host the Texas A&M Aggies at 7:30 p.m. ET? Let's dive into this SEC matchup.
Thumbnail Clemson vs. South Carolina Total Pick Is the under a good bet to cash on Saturday night when the South Carolina Gamecocks host their in-state rivals the Clemson Tigers at...
Thumbnail Oregon State vs. Oregon Total Pick Will the latest installment of the Civil War game between the Oregon State Beavers and the Oregon Ducks go over the betting total on Saturday night? Kickoff is set for...
Thumbnail West Virginia vs. Oklahoma Total Pick Will Saturday afternoon's Big 12 matchup between the West Virginia Mountaineers and Oklahoma Sooners fall under the betting total as Baker Mayfield spends at...

NCAAF Team Pages