UW Terminates Contract of Football Coach Rick Neuheisel

June 12, 2003

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    Seattle, WA -- University of Washington athletic director Barbara Hedgesannounced today that she has started the termination process according tothe provisions of the contract of head football coach Rick Neuheisel. Underthe terms of Section 8 of the contract he is being terminated for justcause.

    Under the terms of Neuheisel�s contract, just cause for termination includesserious acts of misconduct, conduct which is seriously and materiallyprejudicial to the best interests of the University, and violations of NCAAbylaws.

    Neuheisel has until June 26 to respond to the notice of termination.

    On June 4, Neuheisel acknowledged to NCAA investigators his participation ina college basketball tournament betting pool the past two years. Under NCAAbylaw 10.3, staff members of an athletic department shall not knowinglyparticipate in any gambling activity that involves intercollegiateathletics.

    Neuheisel was named Washington's head coach on Jan. 11, 1999. During hisfour-year tenure with the Huskies he compiled a 33-16 record. His 2000 teamwent 11-1, won the Pac-10 Championship and defeated Purdue 34-24 in the RoseBowl. Neuheisel became the first Rose Bowl MVP to coach a team to victory atthe game.

    From 1995-1998 Neuheisel directed Colorado to a 33-14 record and was 3-0 inbowl games.

    He graduated from UCLA in 1984 with a degree in political science. He laterearned his law degree from Southern California in 1990. He worked as avolunteer coach at UCLA in 1986 and was hired as a full-time assistant forthe Bruins from 1988-93. He was an assistant coach at Colorado in 1994before replacing Bill McCartney as the head coach one year later.

    Neuheisel's career collegiate coaching record stands at 66-30.

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