We like Jim Mora. Both Jim Moras, actually. Our favorite is Jim the son.
Yes, he’s got a little bit of a mean streak. Most football coaches do. But he’s also passionate, and it comes through from time to time when he’s talking to the media.
Mora also doesn’t have a very thick filter, which sometimes creates good quotes for the media to highlight and dissect.
It happened again on Monday, when Los Angeles Times columnist T.J. Simers grilled Mora over whether a UCLA loss to Stanford on Saturday was deliberate.
The argument is that, by losing to Stanford, UCLA ensured facing Stanford and not Oregon in the Pac-12 title game.
Mora took offense to the suggestion that he tanked against Stanford and Simers kept at it and it’s worth a listen.
The confrontation comes less than a week after Mora told Dan Patrick that the UCLA coach doesn’t “give a rat’s ass” about USC, with Mora then bristling about the manner in which the comment was characterized and repeated.
And before you complain that “this isn’t about pro football” in the comment, it is. Mora has coached the Falcons and Seahawks, and there’s a chance he’ll be back in the NFL again in the future.
For our own selfish reasons, we hope it happens sooner rather than later.