July 24, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins head coach Jim Mora talks to reporters during PAC-12 Media Day at Universal Studios Hollywood. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE
(Today we'll be posting a series of videos SB Nation produced from Pac-12 Media Days. First up, Jim L Mora and the UCLA Bruins.)
These are plum days for Jim Mora, who will now have to figure out how to bring the Bruins out of the doghouse of the Pac-12. It's not like UCLA has been flat out bad, but every season they seem to stagger, ending up with four to six wins regularly and sometimes seven wins by accident. That is not easy to take as a fan; it has to be just as difficult to deal with as a coach.
Mora will have a lot to learn too, as he now has to figure out how to handle the responsibilities of being a college coach. He has to realize he can't treat players the same way he did in the NFL, and he has to learn the harsh reality of working with younger players. He has to recruit and convince people on his brand, although it appears he's delegated those issues correctly. All those issues appeared to be on his mind throughout the offseason, and they'll be on everyone's minds as camp gets underway.
Pete Carroll is the most successful coach to make the transition from the NFL lifestyle back to college, but even he had prior collegiate experience as a defensive coordinator on the FBS level (while almost three decades ago, it was still college). And even in his first season he went 6-6.
Mora has had one year of experience, and that was as a graduate assistant. The adjustment period could take time. Can UCLA fans be patient if strong results don't come immediately?
Jim Mora's interview...
was impressive. (7 votes)
told me nothiing. (3 votes)
wasn't impressive. (3 votes)
13 total votes