UCLA: Randy Shannon

Neuheisel calling his own shots now

January, 22, 2011
1/22/11
3:49
PM PT
The last two months around the UCLA football program have kind of felt like watching a UCLA football game the past couple of seasons.

Frustrating, very little offense and a few assorted glimmers of hope.

Saturday felt like watching an Oregon football game.




Wild, whimsical and a whole lot of offense.

Saturday's developments -- the long-expected announcement of Mike Johnson as the new offensive coordinator, an imminent settlement with Norm Chow, an interview lined up with Randy Shannon on Sunday -- came out rapid-fire, each one bit of news landing with a bigger impact than the last.

Two months of frustration all ended in two hours of fruitful developments, after which only one conclusion can be drawn:

Rick Neuheisel will enter next season on the hot seat, but he's going in with guns blazing.

The Johnson hire and Shannon recruitment have Neuheisel's stamp all over them. Both men are known as up-and-comers with a thirst and proven ability to recruit.

They are also coming off big-money jobs and wouldn't need to be paid handsomely by UCLA. Shannon reportedly received a $1.5 million buyout of the four years remaining on his contract at Miami, so his situation is similar to Chow's, when UCLA hired him after he was fired by the Tennessee Titans with time remaining on his contract.

Johnson is coming off an NFL job.

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