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UCLA hires Jim L. Mora as head coach

Posted on: December 10, 2011 3:16 am
Edited on: December 10, 2011 2:14 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer

After letting go of head coach Rick Neuheisel and attempting to hire several big names, UCLA has finally found a head coach.

Former Seattle Seahawks and Atlanta Falcons head coach Jim L. Mora will be the new coach in Westwood, the school announced Saturday morning. The Bruins had attempted to hire Boise State's Chris Petersen, Houston's Kevin Sumlin and Washington's Steve Sarkisian before Mora took the job. This will be the first time the Bruins have hired a head coach who has not been an assistant coach or player at the school since 1949. The LA Times first reported the news Friday night.

"As someone who has been around the game of football my entire life, I have always held the UCLA job in the highest esteem," Mora said in the release. "Given its location and its tradition, UCLA is truly a sleeping giant and I realize that an opportunity of this magnitude doesn't present itself more than once in a career, so I jumped at the chance to be a Bruin."

Mora has been out of coaching since 2009 after being let go by the Seahawks. He has been in the NFL since 1985, including stops in San Diego, New Orleans, San Francisco and Atlanta. In four seasons as a head coach, Mora compiled a 31-33 overall record and reached the NFC championship game in 2004 before losing to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Mora was serving as an analyst for the NFL Network the past two years before being hired by UCLA. Better known as Jim Mora Jr., he lived in Los Angeles when his father, Jim Sr., coached at the school in 1974. The 50-year-old also played defensive back at Washington in the early 1980's.

"UCLA has always been a place of high expectations, as it applies to our students, our faculty, our researchers and, not least of all, our athletic program. With more NCAA championships than any other university, the reality is that our fans count on us to be great. The hiring of Jim L. Mora as head coach of UCLA football proves that this is still a place where champions are made and integrity matters," said UCLA Chancellor Gene Block.

The Bruins went 6-7 on the season under Neuheisel, losing 50-0 to crosstown rival USC and most recently to Oregon in the first ever Pac-12 Championship game last week.

UCLA will play in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl on December 31 with offensive coordinator Mike Johnson serving as interim head coach.


Since: Feb 27, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 11:15 am

UCLA hires Jim L. Mora as head coach

Playoffs? DID SOMEONE SAY PLAYOFFS? They can't continue to play like poopie.

There are some awfully suspicious hires this offseason. This is the latest. At very best, this is a move to return UCLA to decency with solid  8 or 9 win seasons, however, does anyone see him as a NC tyoe head coach.

Bruins fans do need to be worried. I believe he said Washington was his dream job.

Since: Aug 16, 2009
Posted on: December 13, 2011 12:53 am

UCLA hires Jim L. Mora as head coach

I seriously wanted them to hire Walt Harris so he could be re-united with Ben Howland.  LA, Pittsburgh style!!!!

Since: Apr 13, 2009
Posted on: December 10, 2011 4:26 pm

UCLA hires Jim L. Mora as head coach

at least there's a BCS so his dad won't need to worry about playoffs.

Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: December 10, 2011 1:18 pm

Report: UCLA to hire Jim L. Mora as head coach

Seriously....By the end of his first week on the job he'll be wishing he was back in his cushy chair on the NFL Network arguing with Billick. What a step from grace. Atlanta, Seattle and now this. YIKES!!!

Since: Jan 8, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2011 1:07 pm

Report: UCLA to hire Jim L. Mora as head coach

Don't do it, Mora. You could have so much better.

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2011 1:05 pm

Report: UCLA to hire Jim L. Mora as head coach


Thanks for the cheap shot. it does me good to spank the Bruin's on their reas ends each and every year. You had a good coach in Dorrell at least he had the program headed in the right direction and beat us one year. I think he also had a winning record when he got fired.

Bird brain slick Rick came in and fired the on ly semblance to a coach on is staff Norm Chow. Wasn't Kevin Price a holdover from teh Dorrel era? It appear to me that he was the starter in Slick Rick's first year or was a hold over from Dorrell.

It matters not, I see that you guys reached deep in to the coaching pool and selected Jim Mora Jr.


Since: Oct 18, 2009
Posted on: December 10, 2011 1:02 pm

Report: UCLA to hire Jim L. Mora as head coach

Isn't UCLA a public school? If so, wouldn't they be hurting for money like the rest of California? I'm guessing the fact that they have limited resources played a significant part in who they were able to hire.

Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2011 1:01 pm

Report: UCLA to hire Jim L. Mora as head coach

I was expecting a school of UCLA's caliber to get a grand-slam hire, but this hire is mediocore at best. I guess that's a sign that this  once prestigous is starting to slip, both in football and in basketball.

I wish him the best - I hope he proves myself and all of the other doubters wrong.

Since: Nov 5, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2011 12:46 pm

Report: UCLA to hire Jim L. Mora as head coach

Another retread hire.

Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: December 10, 2011 11:59 am

Report: UCLA to hire Jim L. Mora as head coach

You guys seem to be over-thinking this move. It's UCLA......not Lsu or Alabama or Ohio st or USC. Their priority is not winning an N.C in football. 9-10 wins a year is a great season there. Maybe I am the one who is off base, but I just don't see this as a priority at UCLA.
I always thought basketball was their first priority.



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