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Mora Jr. next on UCLA’s coaching to-do list?

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Already rejected — reportedly — by Boise State’s Chris Petersen and Houston’s Kevin Sumlin, UCLA has reportedly been told “thanks, but no thanks” by Miami’s Al Golden as well.

Now the Bruins have apparently turned to a candidate associated more with professional football as a potential replacement for Rick Neuheisel.

According to the New York Times, and citing people familiar with the search, UCLA has turned its attention toward former Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks head coach Jim Mora Jr.  It’s unclear from the report whether the Bruins have already talked to Mora Jr. or if he’s already been interviewed.

As noted by the paper, the only experience Mora Jr., who is currently a color analyst for FOX Sports NFL games, has at coaching at the collegiate level was at Washington way back in 1984.

Mora Jr. last coached in Seattle in 2009, when he was replaced by, oddly enough, Pete Carroll after he decided to leave the Bruins’ cross-town rivals USC for the NFL.

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18 Responses to “Mora Jr. next on UCLA’s coaching to-do list?”
  1. woebegong says: Dec 6, 2011 3:26 PM

    Jim Mora knows the X’s and O’s. His problem, if I remember with the Falcons, was he wasn’t a real good manager. If he can get some strong assistants, he can probably do OK with UCLA. He has the lineage, as his father was really good as a coach at one time. You never know, until you try it out.

  2. frug says: Dec 6, 2011 3:54 PM

    Still pretty shocked that Golden didn’t take this job. Yes Miami is a bigger name in college football, but the with the sanctions that are about to hit the program I think UCLA would be the better job for the next, oh let’s say, 10 years.

  3. thekatman says: Dec 6, 2011 3:58 PM

    Now UCLA is stooping to Jim Mora, Jr? I guess Dan Guerrero will have another one of these meetings? Geez

    http://www.bruinsnation.com/2011/12/5/2612413/how-the-dan-guerrero-chris-petersen-meeting-went?mid=54868

  4. Deb says: Dec 6, 2011 4:04 PM

    Mora’s problem when he was with the Falcons was that a reporter asked him if he’d be interested if, I believe it was the Washington Huskies job came open. Mora was truthful and said yes. Too bad for Jim, Washington didn’t make an offer and his truthfulness got him fired from his NFL job. But for some reason everyone expects coaches to tell their current bosses they want to leave before a new job has been offered or finalized. Yeah … I’m sure that’s just what football fans do when they start job hunting … they tell their current employers they’re shopping around for something better. :)

  5. bozosforall says: Dec 6, 2011 4:15 PM

    woebegong says:
    Dec 6, 2011 3:26 PM
    Jim Mora knows the X’s and O’s. His problem, if I remember with the Falcons, was he wasn’t a real good manager. If he can get some strong assistants, he can probably do OK with UCLA. He has the lineage, as his father was really good as a coach at one time. You never know, until you try it out.

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    Unless he can recruit, the Xs and Os won’t matter. Nick Saban couldn’t do the Xs and Os, which is why he ran back to the college game with his tail between his legs. So, unless Mora can recruit like Saban does, he will fail miserably at UCLA.

  6. rlr79 says: Dec 6, 2011 4:15 PM

    If your going to dip in the NFL bag at least pull out Jeff Fisher. He has footprints in the LA area, he’s a much better coach, and has the personality to recruit, unlike Mora jr.

  7. realitypolice says: Dec 6, 2011 4:19 PM

    @Deb-

    I agree with your post completely. However, I think Mora has another problem- he just isn’t that good of a football coach. His record (31-33) doesn’t have a lot of teams beating down his door.

  8. realitypolice says: Dec 6, 2011 4:21 PM

    frug says:
    Dec 6, 2011 3:54 PM
    Still pretty shocked that Golden didn’t take this job. Yes Miami is a bigger name in college football, but the with the sanctions that are about to hit the program I think UCLA would be the better job for the next, oh let’s say, 10 years
    =======================

    Golden isn’t leaving to go anywhere until he finds out whether he is on Penn State’s list.

    He played there and was team captain in 1991. He also spent a year as JoePa’s recruiting coordinator.

  9. Deb says: Dec 6, 2011 4:59 PM

    @realitypolice …

    Well, there’s that, too :D

    @bozosforall …

    Nick Saban can’t do the Xs and Os? The Xs and Os are pretty similar in the pro and college games. But if you say so. LOL

    If you ever meet people who know anything about the pro game (sports people, not blog commenters), talk to them about what Nick was doing in Miami. You’re not going to listen to me on that. But why he left Miami has been well-documented.

    Nick’s family was having issues in Miami and his wife was pressuring him to get out of that environment NOW. That’s why Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga stated publicly that he understood why Nick had to leave and that he had no hard feelings at all toward him. Alabama had approached his agent, but he’d refused to talk to them until the Dolphins’ season ended and told them, through the agent, to go elsewhere if they couldn’t wait. At the time he told the media he wasn’t going to Bama, no offer had been made and for all he knew, they had moved on. Instead, they waited, and Huizenga gave him his blessing.

    That’s how it played out according to Huizenga and people on the inside at Bama. But it’s not as colorful as the other stories. And yeah, he did “lie” when he said he wouldn’t be Bama’s coach.

  10. Deb says: Dec 6, 2011 5:04 PM

    @rlr79 …

    Fisher won’t leave the NFL. The league changed its own rules to provide him a place on the Competition Committee–previously reserved for coaches–after he was fired from Tennessee. They did that because they expected him to be back at the helm of an NFL team. And with around seven positions likely to open, there’s no reason for him to give up that prestigious position and take a paycut to go to the NCAA.

    If San Diego finally gives up on Turner, Fisher may become HC of the Chargers. But he has a lot of NFL options that won’t require him to do the kind of baby-sitting he’d have to do in college ball. Given the reputation of his players, he doesn’t strike me as a nurturing kind of leader.

  11. hillzmickelzon says: Dec 6, 2011 5:43 PM

    Hire jim mora jr go 8-5 thats about it.. But Ucla may need his defense in the new throw the ball everywhere pac 12.. Should hire mike bellotti and get it right

  12. thekatman says: Dec 6, 2011 5:53 PM

    Fisher? you’ve got to be on drugs. MNo ex-USC Trojan football player would be caught dead coaching a UCLA football team. They’d rather quit coaching than become a Bruin.

  13. christopher525 says: Dec 6, 2011 6:04 PM

    Shocked they aren’t going after Del Rio…

  14. thekatman says: Dec 6, 2011 6:09 PM

    Del Rio? Again, sports fans….. you’ve got to be on drugs. No ex-USC Trojan football player would be caught dead coaching a UCLA football team. They’d rather quit coaching than become a Bruin.

  15. plummetingstar says: Dec 6, 2011 6:13 PM

    I can’t believe that UCLA is surprised they can’t get a top tier coach, when everyone knows that they aren’t committed to their football program. Keep hiring scrubs, paying them scrub rates, and get scrub results. But hey, you’ve still got basketball, right?

  16. emeraldcityfan says: Dec 6, 2011 6:38 PM

    What about Ken Norton?

  17. stockdogdca says: Dec 6, 2011 7:36 PM

    My Trojans ended up with somewhere around their 8th pick when they landed Kiffen and i wasn’t exactly ecstatic about that but it turned out quite well. Having Mora with all his NFL connections should work “IF” UCLA ponies up on upgrading the facillities.

  18. cfbfaninbadnfltown says: Dec 6, 2011 9:33 PM

    This guy is in the same camp as Dennis Green, Brad Childress and Steve Mariucci decent analyst bad head coach. It least Dennis Erickson won 2 National Championships, before showing he lost his coaching ability. To bad New Mexico already got Bob Davie.

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