Jim Mora has had a fun five games coaching the UCLA Bruins to a 5-0 record. Now comes the fun part and a chance for Mora to prove his true college coaching credentials. The Bruins have had a cake schedule for the first five games, although a win at Nebraska last month was somewhat impressive. Now comes the hard part with Stanford, Oregon and Colorado waiting for their chance for the Bruins in upcoming weeks, not to mention a few other teams.
Its unlikely Mora can get his Bruins through the rest of the schedule unscathed, although the unpredictability of college football makes it fun to find out regardless. Mora is making football at UCLA a little more interesting. He came to the Bruins after a modest stint with the NFL in which he never really turned the world on fire, although he did prove he could direct a competitive team. He was an NFL Coach of the Year and took his team to the conference title game.
He did come to the Bruins with decent credentials and did have a sold 2012 season with nine wins and a trip to the Holiday Bowl. Mora instilled credibility into the football program and gave UCLA sports fans hope that the program was indeed on the right path and was going to stay there for quite some time.
But Mora obviously came to UCLA with one goal: the Rose Bowl. They want to play New Year’s Day in the Rose Bowl, and not just on scheduled home dates. If he can take the Bruins to a BCS bowl, then Mora has truly made his mark as an NCAA football coach.