On the week of the game against Texas, scheduled brilliantly on a "neutral" site in Cowboy Stadium in Arlington by our resident buffoon of an Athletic Misdirector, ESPN revisits Jim Mora's decision to remain at UCLA despite the many rumors and all the suitors who came after him.
Not surprisingly, his alma mater Washington made a run at him after Seven Win Sark got the band back together at Southern Cal.
But Texas was also in the midst of a massive search to replace Mack Brown. And they came with guns blazing.
During those conversations, Texas offered to send a private jet to pick up Mora's parents, and anybody else he wanted, and bring them to all of the Longhorns' games.
"I'm like, 'Is there a bottom to your bucket?'" Mora said he remembers thinking at the time.
Yeah. Dem Texans don't mess around.
But it seems Mora thought that he had made a commitment that he felt bound to keep:
"I made a commitment to these kids. They made a commitment to me," Mora said. "I'm not going to run out on them. You're always trying to teach them these lessons. I know it sounds really corny. But you try to teach them how to be good men and you start telling them all these things and demanding things from them, and then all of a sudden, you just turn and run from them?
"I don't know. I don't like that. I don't like how I would have felt about myself."
Most importantly, Mora states in the interview that staying close to his family was also a huge factor in his decision. As we noted, his parents live in the Palm Springs area, but his kids also go to local schools:
Mora and his wife, Shannon, live in Manhattan Beach and have four children. Their two oldest, Cole and Lillia, are in college. Cole plays soccer at Claremont McKenna College, which is about 35 miles east of Los Angeles, and Lillia is a freshman at USC. Their two youngest, Ryder and Trey, are still finishing up high school and middle school, respectively, and they're involved in everything from lacrosse to soccer to football.
Emphasis mine, and yes you read that correctly, an interesting little nugget of information buried right in that quote.