Competitive, friendly, honest. Jim Mora appears to have the ingredients to be a winner, but T.J. Simers of the Los Angeles Times says UCLA just made a huge mistake in hiring the 50-year-old Mora as coach.
Simers writes: "It remains almost incomprehensible how ill-prepared [athletic director] Dan Guerrero was after firing Rick Neuheisel. As it turns out, Guerrero had done nothing to assemble an inviting package capable of persuading candidates UCLA was now indeed serious about football."
Simers was just warming up.
"It appears UCLA has once again hired a coach who will need every break to go his way to have a chance for success. I guess that's the one thing we've come to count on about UCLA football: It just isn't that big of a draw in coaching circles."
And he has this piece of advice for the new coach: "Mora will also need a quality coaching staff to succeed, something UCLA lacked under Neuheisel. Based on history, I wouldn't suggest asking Guerrero for advice."