UCLA made major moves in the month of January to make up for its slow start to the recruiting cycle to end up with the third-best class in the Pac-12, but the haul is the worst in the Jim Mora era, according to rankings from Scout and Rivals.
UCLA head coach Jim Mora had an awkward exchange on TV this morning when he was asked to talk about his recruiting class. Before Mora’s ESPN 2 interview started, an analyst spoke about UCLA’s season, noting that quarterback Josh Rosen “needs to play better” after having “ups and downs” last year. Mora was then asked to “size up the class,” and Mora responded: “We’re excited about the class. Josh Rosen played five games.”
Just to note, Rosen in fact played in six games. He got hurt in the sixth game, against Arizona State.
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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:
UCLA’s Jim Mora is often involved in NFL coaching rumors during the offseason, but according to the head coach, he is done job searching for the remainder of his career if he can help it.
“My sole focus is UCLA and UCLA football,” Mora said on Thursday’s media conference call introducing new offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch. “I love it here. I hope I can stay here the rest of my career. I hope I can win enough games to be worthy of staying here the rest of my career. I love it here.”
Mora signed a contract extension last summer that will keep him with the Bruins through the 2021 season then had his worst year of his UCLA tenure last year, going 4-8 and missing a bowl game.
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