Jim Mora comments on Lane Kiffin’s firing

Half a day after USC fired coach Lane Kiffin, UCLA’s Jim Mora was asked what he thought of the news. He kept his remarks short and civil.

“I certainly feel for him on a personal basis,” he said. “I’ve known him a long time. It’s disappointing. You never want to see anybody lose their job. He’s a good person. I just wish the best for him.”

The two coaches admittedly aren’t the closest of friends, but Mora worked under Lane’s father, Monte, for a season in New orleans. The elder Kiffin was the Saints’ defensive coordinator in 1995, while Mora’s five-year tenure as defensive backs coach lasted until 1996.

He did not comment as to whether USC’s coaching change could affect UCLA’s recruiting strategy toward players with interest in both.

“We haven’t gotten that far yet,” Mora said. “We haven’t even talked about it. This morning’s been all about Utah.”

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  • Jeff Unchained

    Coach Mora’s attitude reflects a new era in UCLA football. Go Bruins!!!

  • OCBrewin

    Kiffin is the second winning-est coach in at SC(last 30 years).

    Ted Tollner, 1983-86 26 20 1 .564

    Larry Smith, 1987-92 44 25 3 .632

    Paul Hackett, 1998-2000 19 18 0 .514

    Pete Carroll, 2001-2009 83 19 0 .813

    LANE KIFFIN, 2010-2013 28 15 0 .651

  • barry1817

    what USC did in the firing of Lane was classless. Now he needed to go, but there is no way that I would fire a person at the airport and leave him without his gear and without a ride back to campus.

    What would have been the problem with allowing him the courtesy of having the ride back to campus and allowing him to get his gear and then walk to his car and be gone.

    And from past experience, when a coach is having a rough time and the AD or GM gives that person their unconditional support, it usually is the kiss of death.

  • john wolcott

    Coaches support other coaches. Mora may have known Kiffin for a long time, but they were mere acquaintances, not friends,

  • bearcat1974

    Kiffin was to feminine to be a football coach just a soft weak wimp.