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Neuheisel named UCLA football coach

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Former UCLA quarterback Rick Neuheisel was named Saturday as the Bruins head football coach.

Neuheisel, 46, has spent the last three years as an offensive assistant coach with the Baltimore Ravens.

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Prior to moving to the NFL, Neuheisel was head coach at the University of Colorado for four seasons and at the University of Washington, also for four years.

During that eight-year span, Neuheisel was 66-30 and went to seven bowl games.

Neuheisel was fired by Washington in 2003 after he admitted gambling $6,400 in two off-campus NCAA basketball tournament pools -- bets that netted him more than $17,000. Neuheisel sued Washington for wrongful termination and the NCAA for interfering with the situation, and reached a $4.5 million settlement in 2005.

"Rick has enjoyed great success throughout his career and we believe he is the coach who can take our program to the next level," said UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero. "His teams at Colorado and Washington continually challenged for conference championships."

Neuheisel quarterbacked the Bruins in 1983 and 1984, and led the team to a 45-9 upset victory over Illinois in the Rose Bowl.

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Neuheisel succeeds Karl Dorrell, who was fired Dec. 3 after five seasons as Bruins coach.

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