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Mora lands Mazzone as his UCLA OC

Noel Mazzone AP

UCLA’s hiring of Jim “Don’t Call Me Jr.” Mora may not have been the most popular of this current coaching carousel, but, slowly but surely, the first-time collegiate head coach is assembling a quality staff of assistants around him.

Mora’s latest hire comes from Arizona State, with Arizona State offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone agreeing to become the former ASU offensive coordinator and take the same position on Mora’s Bruins staff.    Mazzone has spent the past two seasons with the Sun Devils, and has also served as a coordinator at Ole Miss (twice), North Carolina State, Oregon State and Auburn.

Mazzone joins SMU assistant Adrian Klemm as the offensive line coach and run-game coordinator; Washington assistant Demetrice Martin as the defensive backs coach; and Arizona State assistant Steve Broussard as wide receivers coach as Mora’s first assistants at UCLA.

As far as assistants who were on Rick Neuheisel’s staff, intern Marques Tuiasosopo is expected to be named the Bruins’ tight ends coach.  Offensive coordinator Mike Johnson, who will serve as the interim head coach in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, said he’s unsure if his future will involve being a part of Mora’s staff.

I just have to wait and see what happens,” Johnson said. “I’ve got to look at all my options and then I’ll go from there. I like UCLA, I like L.A. and if the right opportunity comes up, I’m going to definitely look at it.”

Johnson has also been rumored as a potential candidate for Akron’s head-coaching vacancy.

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3 Responses to “Mora lands Mazzone as his UCLA OC”
  1. rexismybff says: Dec 15, 2011 12:45 PM

    Interim Head Coach Mike Johnson – “I like UCLA, I like L.A.”

    – Just once I would love it if any coach anywhere honestly said, “you know what? I hate it here. I hate this school, I hate the micro-managing school administrators. I hate this town, I hate these people in the community. My wife hates all of our neighbors. My kids hate the kids in their schools. We can’t wait to pack the mini-van and get the hell out of Dodge.”

    That would be so refreshing!!

  2. cosanostra71 says: Dec 15, 2011 3:55 PM

    UCLA will always be second in LA.

  3. billmead1976 says: Dec 16, 2011 2:17 AM

    ucla will always be fourth in l.a. behind the mexican national soccer team, the l.a. galaxy and usc.

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