After speaking with the media on a conference call Thursday, UCLA head coach Jim Mora jumped on the Petros and Money show to talk about Jedd Fisch‘s hire, not playing in a bowl game and the return of Mique Juarez.
Mora, when speaking of the offensive philosophy Fisch will bring to the team, continued to emphasize his dislike of labels when it comes to football. Don’t call UCLA’s new scheme pro-style, don’t call it spread. Just call it multiple. He also expanded on his comments about spread teams not winning national championships, saying that many teams used elements of the spread, but didn’t exclusively run that system, such as Florida and Texas, which both used tight ends.
After missing a bowl game for the first time in his UCLA tenure, Mora said he would sometimes “peek” at the bowl games this season, but admitted “it stung very, very badly to not be in a bowl game.”
Mora confirmed that Juarez will rejoin the team Monday morning at 7 a.m. in the team’s first meeting of winter quarter. Juarez posted on social media on Wednesday “I’m back.”
“I have tremendous respect for the way he attacked the issues that he had,” Mora said on the radio. “I respect the fact that he stayed in school. I respect the fact that he had he had enough courage to admit that he needed some help and to go find that help. I’m pulling for his young man because i think he’s a great kid. I hope that it all goes well for him.”
Listen to the full interview below: