Pat Forde, now writing for Yahoo.com, had this to say about Coach Mora's tenure to date in this weeks Forde-Yard-Dash:
Where the coaching changes are paying off:
UCLA (1) New guy Jim Mora is 2-0 after unleashing running back Johnathan Franklin (leading the nation in rushing) and getting the Bruins' best quarterback production in years (redshirt freshman Brett Hundley). With struggling Houston coming to the Rose Bowl Saturday, UCLA should be 3-0 for the first time since 2009. Caveat: that team then lost five straight and finished 7-6.
Forde doesn't really add anything that hasn't been said here, but it's always nice to see UCLA getting good national exposure. Quite frankly, it's nice to see Johnathan Franklin receive the praise that he's earned over his career. He's an NFL caliber running back that was buried in obscurity for too long.
We'll get into the rest of the column after the break ... you won't want to miss it!
Interestingly, the Arizona schools followed at 2 and 3.
Arizona (2). Rich Rodriguez is 2-0 as well. He was given one great gift by fired coach Mike Stoops: He redshirted dual-threat quarterback Matt Scott in 2011, giving Rich Rod a perfect fit for his offense in his first season in Tucson. Scott has thrown for 707 yards and rushed for 129 more in two games and was the catalyst in the Wildcats' upset romp over Oklahoma State last weekend. South Carolina State arrives Saturday, and reality after that (at Oregon on Sept. 22).
Arizona State (3). Todd Graham makes it three first-year Pac-12 coaches who are 2-0, and the Sun Devils are there in dominant fashion. Average margin of victory: 44 points, over Northern Arizona and Illinois. One big reason is six interceptions for ASU and none thrown by the Sun Devils' quarterbacks. They leave the desert and step up in class Saturday at Missouri, but this looks like a program that is more focused than in the last several sloppy seasons under Dennis Erickson.
Forde didn't pull any punches when he comically trashed Lane Kiffin:
COACH WHO SHOULD WALK TO WORK
Lane Kiffin (38), USC. In case there were any concerns that coaching paranoia and control-freak tendencies had waned, Kiffy is here to assure you that's not the case. He is "not addressing injuries this season," according to the Los Angeles Times, and the school has pulled the credential and practice access for Los Angeles Daily News reporter Scott Wolf after he dared report that kicker Andre Heidari had knee surgery Sunday night. Kiffin instituted a policy in August banning journalists from reporting in-practice injury or strategy news, but the Daily News report did not cite practice-related information. The Times said three sports editors from the Los Angeles area met with USC athletic director Pat Haden Wednesday to discuss the situation, and later Wednesday it was announced that the practice ban was lifted on Wolf. However, discussions about Kiffy's paranoid policy were ongoing. As is his ability to annoy much of the human race. (Emphasis mine).
Well stated, Mr. Forde. I couldn't agree with you more.