The UCLA football team will be featured on the second season of “The Drive,” the Pac-12 Networks announced today at L.A. Live.
Cameras will follow the Bruins through the 2014 season in the behind-the-scenes documentary series that will debut on September — similar to HBO’s “Hard Knocks.” Arizona State and Cal were filmed in the series debut last fall.
Asked last week about the possibility of UCLA being featured on the show, head coach Jim Mora didn’t sound enthused — though he said Monday that the Pac-12 assuaged many of his concerns, and gave him complete editorial control over the content.
“I think that there’s a real value to protecting the sanctity of the core,” he told Petros and Money on AM 570. “What goes on in our meeting room belongs to us. What goes on on the practice field once the season starts — not spring and not summer camp, when we invite the fans out and we like that energy — belongs to us. Things we talk about belong to us. They don’t need to be shared with the rest of the world. So that’s my view of it.
“I don’t like cameras in our locker rooms. I don’t like cameras in our meeting rooms, unless they’re UCLA cameras. Ken Norris, head of our video department, he’s excellent. If we were to ever do anything like that, we would just use our people. I want faces that our players know in our locker room if we’re going to be doing any video taping.”