UCLA: Eugene

Bruins Beat: And they play on

November, 30, 2011
11/30/11
2:23
PM PT
Oh by the way, UCLA has a game this weekend.

Amid all the commotion surrounding the firing of coach Rick Neuheisel this week, it’s easy to forget the Bruins are preparing to play Oregon Friday in the Pac-12 championship game.

UCLAOregonYes, the team with the coach who just got fired is playing for a championship. And that fired coach isn’t really fired until after coaching the team in that game. Those are just some of the bizarre circumstances hovering over the inaugural Pac-12 title game, which is otherwise known as the Kinda-Sorta Bowl.

UCLA is the team that kinda-sorta has a coach and kinda-sorta qualified to play for the championship in a game it kinda-sorta has a chance to win.

Well, maybe that last one is a bit of a stretch. UCLA probably has as much chance to win as Sonny Corleone had at the tollbooth.

But that only adds to the bizarreness of a title game that probably isn’t exactly the scenario the Pac-12 had in mind when it split into two divisions and created a title game.

“It’s a strange situation all together because in all honesty we’re really not supposed to be here and our coach got fired so he’s not going to be here,” UCLA receiver Randall Carroll said. “I guess it’s a real crazy situation.”

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