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January 25, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Neuheisel gets a brief TV gig

The Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl late last month jokingly called itself the “Interim Coaches Bowl.” Illinois played UCLA, and both Illini coach Ron Zook and UCLA’s Rick Neuheisel had already been fired.

Where do fired coaches end up? Well, next week, they’re going to be analyzing national football letter-of-intent signees. CBS Sports Network has their signatures, so to speak, for studio insight and analysis.

I’ve always thought Neuheisel would be good on TV — either as a game commentator or even a studio analyst. He’s telegenic, bright and I think could come off as likeable.

But my guess is, his No. 1 choice would be a return to coaching. That’s always been his stated passion. Question is: At what level could he land? He’s had three BCS-league college jobs, so that level would probably be his preference. That might be hard to come by, however, given the failed tenure at UCLA. He had the Baltimore Ravens assistant job between the Washington and UCLA experiences, but I don’t see him wanting to return to the NFL as an assistant, unless he thinks it could be an entree to a head-coaching job there.

In the meantime, he’ll be a TV temp.

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