We don't know much about Jim Mora aside from his mediocre NFL head coaching record. We do know, however, that he approached UCLA about its head coaching vacancy, just like Karl Dorrell and Rick Neuheisel before him.
Ask yourself this question: What other college head coaching vacancies was Jim Mora being considered for? The answer to that question is the same as it was for Karl Dorrell and rick Neuheisel. (In fairness, Dorrell was technically "considered" by SDSU, but did not get the job).
In other words, Chianti Dan let a candidate come to him rather than proactively going out and finding a tier 1 replacement and figuring out a way to make it happen. And what does Chianti Dan know about Jim Mora that none of the other AD's looking for head coaches don't know?
It has been widely reported that UCLA has at least $4 million to spend on the right candidate. So, the question must be asked: Is Jim Mora the best that Chianti Dan can do for UCLA?
I refuse to believe that UCLA, given what it has to offer (aside from the reported $4 million), cannot find a more suitable and qualified replacement than Jim Mora.
Jim Mora may ultimately prove to be a great head coach. However, his lack of experience in the college game raises some very serious red flags. It should come as no surpise to anyone here if he is outrecruited by USC, Oregon and UA. It should also come as no surprise if he is unable to hire an innovative offensive coordinator with a system capable of competing with Chip Kelly, Rich Rodriguez, Mike Leach and Lame Kitten. Likewise, nobody should be surpised if his defensive system cannot contain those offenses.
But this is the kind of hire you get when you have an AD with no previous experience running a major college football program that is more concerned with Italian wine tasting trips.
This whole coaching search has been an unmitigated debacle and it lands squarely at the feet of the bumbling imcompetent Chianti Dan Guererro. This hire is a huge risk at a time when the UCLA football program cannot afford to take any more risks. Jim Mora is a lazy and completely uninspired choice to move the needle.
There is still time to abort this high risk hire. Call the Morgan Center and express your concerns.
Regardless of what happens with the next head coach, Chianti Dan has got to go.