UCLA Introduces Jim Mora

Updated: Jim Mora says campus safety comments weren’t directed toward USC


Rick Neuheisel had his newspaper ad declaring the monopoly in Los Angeles was over.

New UCLA coach Jim Mora had his “Southern Cal” moment, and now, a more indirect quote about campus safety that could be taken one of two ways.

Appearing on the Roger Lodge radio show, Mora said he makes it a point to tell parents of prospective athletes about the school’s safety, adding “We don’t have murders a block from our campus.

Harmless enough I guess, until you consider two graduate Chinese students were tragically murdered near the USC campus in April. After Thursday’s practice, Mora elaborated to the LA Times:

“I just said our campus is safe,” Mora said. “I didn’t say anything about anyone else’s campus. I just said it about our campus. I didn’t mention another campus. We don’t have anybody getting murdered a block off of our campus.

“If anybody… is offended by the statement, then that’s their insecurity, not mine.”

When informed of the murders near USC, Mora said “They were? I don’t read the paper, I don’t watch the news. So I don’t know that stuff.”

Whatever you say, bro.

Updated 10:51 p.m. ET: After the brouhaha that erupted from Mora’s comments, the coach issued the following statement: 

“After learning of the details of the shootings downtown earlier this year, I can understand how my comments on the radio yesterday can be interpeted as insensitive to the victims and their families. I truly regret and I’m sorry if my words caused any pain.”

SEC shut out of AP top five for first time in half a decade

Stephen F. Austin visits Amon G. Carter Stadium to play the No. 3 TCU Horned Frogs.
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The polls are meaningless. Especially any poll that isn’t the College Football Playoff top 25 and even then, as the TCU learned late last season, even the penultimate ranking is as meaningless as the paper they’re metaphorically written on.

Still, they’re catnip to college football fans and observers. Place them in front of us and we can’t help but gnaw on them.

And with that said, a bit of milestone was reached in Sunday’s Associated Press Top 25, as the SEC was completely shut out of the top five.

That group breaks down as follows:

  1. Ohio State
  2. TCU
  3. Baylor
  4. Michigan State
  5. Utah

An SEC free top five hasn’t happened in nearly five full years; October 10, 2010 was the last time such a thing occurred. Oddly enough, two of the same five culprits occupied that ranking as well:

  1. Ohio State
  2. Oregon
  3. Boise State
  4. TCU
  5. Nebraska

Underscoring the lesson of the first paragraph, eventual national champion Auburn checked in at No. 6. Those Tigers moved up a spot the following week and never looked back.

None of this means anything at all, until it does. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun along the way.

Georgia loses ILB Reggie Carter for the season

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After battling to get on the field throughout the season’s first five weeks, Georgia is shutting down inside linebacker Reggie Carter for the rest of the year, Dawgs head coach Mark Richt confirmed Sunday evening.

Carter fought shoulder problems throughout the year, and saw action in only one of Georgia’s first five games. A junior, Carter will be eligible for a medical redshirt.

The Snellville, Ga., native recorded 28 tackles in 12 appearances in 2014 and eight tackles in eight appearances as a freshman in 2013. UAB transfer Jake Ganus started in the spot many pegged to Carter before injure ruptured his season.

Carter totaled two stops in one appearance this season.