A month ago, UCLA hired Rick Neuheisel as its football coach. Neuheisel, a former Bruins player, most recently served as a head coach at the Univ. of Washington for four seasons, until he was pushed out in 2003 for participating in March Madness tournament pools.
But that’s tame compared to what the SEATTLE TIMES recently dug up on Neuheisel during his UW tenure. In a stunningly researched and detailed series, reporters Ken Armstrong and Nick Perry deconstruct Neuheisel’s charges as a band of direction-less outlaws, who knew little discipline and were terrors in the local community.
The best (worst) example of this was Tight End Jerramy Stevens. His rap sheet is too long to list here. But all you need to know about Stevens’ character is contained in an “e-mail Stevens had sent to one woman he’d slept with at the UW.“
“i know that you are not going to beliewhat i have to say especially after satterday night but when i got your e-mail today i laughed a first but then it started to sink in and my heart started to break as i read over your words.
“i realize that i have [messed] up and I want to talk to you about being with you and how i can make it up to you. this is not a joke i want to have you in my arms and know that you are mine and ythat nothing that i have done or [a friend] has said caould ever change the way that i feel about you. when i think back to the night that i spent with you by ourselves i wish that i would have done one thing and that is, i wish i would have put … ”
Stevens shared this message with a teammate, who called it a “funny ass e-mail.”
This email came from a man who was “convicted of assault and accused of rape (and) received raft of second chances.” And when they write second chances, they mean second chances.
So far the first two parts of the piece have been published. Bruins fans will have to wait until Friday before they can open their eyes again.