Johnson not treating bowl as personal showcase

The Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl may be a one-game showcase for interim head coach Mike Johnson, but he doesn’t look at it that way.

The former UCLA offensive coordinator is not expected to be retained by Jim L. Mora even though the two worked together with the Atlanta Falcons. Johnson was up for the head coaching position at his alma mater, Akron, but the job went to Terry Bowden.

“I’m not going to do anything drastic to make me look good,” Johnson said. “I’m not putting myself in front of the team at all. I’ll go in, coach the team, do my best and give us the best chance to win.”

The bowl game is not just a showcase for Johnson, though, but the players.

For a 6-7 team – one that has a chance to become the first 6-8 team in history – and one with a new incoming head coach, this is either Game 14 of the 2011 season or Game 1A of the 2012 campaign.

“The guys who are coming back, they’re looking at this going forward; the seniors are trying to go out on a positive note,” Johnson said. “If you have tremendous pride you’re going to go out and try hard and end your career on a positive note.”

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  • spedjones

    unlike most lame-o bowl games, this one gives our kids something to play for. Anyone coming back next year must realize the Mora will be taking a hard look from the press box and forming his plan from there. Time to step up and start with the new!

  • INawe

    “a chance to become the first 6-8 team in history”

    This wouldn’t surprise me. A suiting end to a depressing year and tenure.

  • Bruinfan

    uclafball.com Check out my blog i just started on UCLA football. Spread the word!

  • Blitzed

    Tremendous pride? This team? HA! There isn’t an ounce of pride between the lot of them.

  • Coach Thom

    Blitzed…that’s a bit hard on the players and coaches. I believe Jet-ski, Coleman, Prince, McDonald, Marvray, Rice, Owa, Baca, and most of the others have a great deal of pride. As noted above, this game is a critical showcase for the returning players in front of their new coach. I wish them all the best and pray that no one suffers a serious injury.

  • tomas

    Hey Blitzed-

    You are about as astute as your bad grammar (using “between” instead of “among”

  • Anonymous

    “between” is grammatically-acceptable.

  • Lifetime Bruin Fan

    At the game on Saturday, Will we have an opportunity to purchase UCLA caps &
    T-shirts, My caps are older.
    GO BRUINS.

  • Bruin66

    I believe that “between” is used for 2 persons or objects and “among” is used for 3 or more persons or objects. I think we waste too much time snipping at each other on this blog.

  • http://www.insidesocal.com/ucla Jon Gold

    I think so, too, Bruin66

  • bibs

    Between is acceptable at U$C.For example,let’s keep this payment between us.
    HAPPY,HEALTHY and WINNING NEW YEAR TO ALL BRUINS!

  • sandiegobruinfan

    I’m fired up for tomorrow’s game.I shouldn’t be but I am. A lower tier bowl game is better than no bowl game.

    Johah Hill, thanks for all the updates this past year here and on Twitter. Hope you and your family have a fantastic 2012!

    Happy 2012 to all Bruin fans and alums!