Earlier this season, UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel had employed a unique tool as a way to see multiple potential recruits play in one night (and impress the hell out of them in the process): flying in on a helicopter. It matched the image of him as an aggressive, on-the-go coach whose high-energy style would attract young players. Plus, everyone knows that helicopters are awesome. (Not as awesome as, say, ninjas, but pretty awesome.)
Neuheisel had plans to take to the skies tonght to see two games - one in Mission Viejo and one in Ventura. But the LOS ANGELES TIMES reports that Neuheisel has been grounded. The reason isn’t that Pete Carroll has recently come into possession of a cadre of surface-to-air missile but something simpler - the helicopter is in use tonight.