- Brock Huard, ESPN Insider
ON DEC. 31, 2011, I spoke to Jim Mora at the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl and then watched UCLA lose to Illinois 20-14. The Bruins looked pitiful offensively, gaining 219 total yards, 18 on the ground. Mora was only a spectator, having been hired just three weeks earlier to resurrect a program nearing rock bottom.
That day at AT&T Park in San Francisco, the former coach of the Falcons and Seahawks made his priorities clear: Turn the Bruins into a tougher team, mentally and physically, and find an offensive coordinator to build an up-tempo system that can compete in the high-scoring Pac-12. And while he didn't specifically say "beat SC," I've been around the conference long enough to know that it was understood.
In ESPN The Magazine's Bay Area Issue, Brock Huard writes that after several failed hires (Bob Toledo, Karl Dorrell and Rick Neuheisel), UCLA finally has the right man to take back L.A. in head coach Jim Mora.