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Thoughts on Jim Mora returning to UCLA? Did he make the right move spurning Washington?

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Jack Follman, Pacific Takes: It's disappointing for Husky fans with the way he talked about the job in that infamous interview and has now turned down the job twice. Has to be a huge relief for Bruins fans, not just because he is still the coach, but because it shows that the school is committed to football for once. Personally, I think he made the right move. For whatever reason, despite fantastic fan support, Washington has been an impossible place to excel at for the past 15 years and Mora already has all the pieces in place to turn UCLA into a juggernaut so it's hard to head to an unknown even if it is close to your heart.

Phil Fraser, Ralphie Report: I think he did, especially by securing commitments for facilities and assistant salaries. He's going to have fun trading recruiting punches with Sarkisian, having secured Kennedy Polamalu to add to Adrian Klemm.

Connor Pelton, Building the Dam: I think so. Mora has a pretty good gig going on over there in Westwood and that program just keeps improving. Washington is definitely more attractive facilities-wise, but taking over a new team after already making so much progress seems silly.

Adam Butler, Pac Hoops: I think he did make the right move staying. Continuity isn't always easy to come by and Mora's got that and momentum. What's more - and I always like to assume that coaching decisions are made to create legacies - and I'm thinking that Mora believes he can out duel Sark for Los Angeles supremacy. And LA is where legends are adored forever (see: Wooden, John).