The anger in Bruin Nation at Rick Neuheisel's failure to deliver a winning team after three and a half season borders on biblical.
Everything is his fault. Every missed tackle, sack, incompletion, negative play or defeat speaks to the larger problem of Neuheisel's incompetence.
Why were there twelve men on the field after a timeout we called? Why can't we gain one yard when we need to? Why can't we make extra points? Why did Kevin Prince start against Texas? Why can't we recruit offensive linemen?
Because Neuheisel is a terrible coach. Or so they say.
Let's be fair—there are things coaches can control and things they can't. Injuries are one of the latter kind. You can condition and limit tackling drills all you want, but there exists no complete defense for injuries in football. Players will go down, and nothing you do will stop that, which is why every team has a second string.
UCLA has had unbelievably bad luck with injuries in recent years. Offensive line, defense, skill positions, you name it. They were a significant factor in Karl Dorell's eventual demise, and will be again in Neuheisel's.
The difficult thing with injuries is that they create an almost invisible domino effect to other areas of the game. What shows up on the field might be influenced by factors off it.
Fans will see that UCLA's secondary was torn apart by Andrew Luck, but what they won't see is that some of the damage could have been limited if Sheldon Price, Tony Dye, Dalton Hilliard and Alex Mascarenas were healthy.
Fans will see that a consistent inability to stop the run, but will miss key injuries to Sean Westgate, Justin Edison and Glenn Love as the likely reason.
This is not to say that fans are completely unjustified in asking for Neuheisel's resignation. They correctly point out that a lot of what ails UCLA are coaching mistakes, like poor play calling and drive-killing penalties.
But in the end, those valid criticisms get lumped together with plain bad luck, merging into a unified call for change. Neuheisel should be vilified because of things he can control, not on injuries he can't.
While innocent of some of the charges laid against him, Slick Rick has already been convicted in the court of public opinion and sentenced to be axed immediately.
If UCLA continues to lose, fans just might get their wish.