Neuheisel to interview for Ravens' OC job

OWINGS MILLS -- Rick Neuheisel, the former University of Washington and Colorado head coach, will interview Thursday for the Baltimore Ravens' offensive coordinator vacancy.<br><br> Neuheisel will meet with Ravens coach Brian Billick, general manager Ozzie Newsome, majority owner Steve Bisciotti and team president Dick Cass in the team's first interview of a candidate to replace former offensive coordinator Matt Cavanaugh. Cavanaugh resigned under pressure Monday.

Other candidates mentioned for the position include former University of Illinois head coach Ron Turner, who is also being pursued by the Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Scott Linehan, USC offensive coordinator Norm Chow and New Orleans Saints receivers coach Mike Sheppard.

Neuheisel was traveling to Baltimore on Wednesday and didn't return telephone calls. His lawyer didn't return calls, either.

With a reputation for developing quarterbacks and being an offensive innovator, Neuheisel has been out of work since Washington fired him in the summer of 2003 for his involvement in a high-stakes NCAA college basketball pool. He also initially denied an interview with the San Francisco 49ers had taken place, and didn't ask for permission from his athletic director to go on the interview in the first place.

Neuheisel went 66-30 in eight seasons at Colorado and Washington and was ultimately absolved of any violations by an NCAA investigation. He reportedly won nearly $11,000 in the NCAA tournament pool.

"I know that I have the hunger to do a good job again," Neuheisel said in a November interview with Sports Illustrated. "And I'm anxious for the opportunity. I just don't know whether I have to go back and start at the bottom as an assistant and work my way back up, or if somebody is going to look at the record and say, 'You know what, I think this guy did pretty well.

Neuheisel, 43, has a background with Ravens quarterback Kyle Boller, who was complimentary of Neuheisel in an interview last year.

Neuheisel recruited Boller when he was at the University of Colorado, but the future Ravens starter eventually chose Cal-Berkeley.

With Neuheisel coaching him at UCLA, former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman was an All-American who developed into the top overall pick in the draft.

At Colorado, Neuheisel coached former Pittsburgh Steelers and Bears starting quarterback Kordell Stewart, the 2001 Pro Bowl selection who acted as the Ravens' backup this season. And Oakland Raiders quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo was a second-round draft pick after starting for Neuheisel at Washington.

Neuheisel is suing Washington for wrongful termination. This past year, he helped coach quarterbacks at a Seattle area high school and also worked as a football analyst on College Sports Television.

Neuheisel is known for his fun-loving personality. He plays the guitar and used to take his Colorado players on white-water rafting expeditions.

Neuheisel walked on at UCLA and eventually became the Bruins' starting quarterback, leading the school to a Rose Bowl victory.


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