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Athlon Ranks UCLA Football Coach Jim Mora 35th Best Coach In The Country

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Athlon also ranked Mora as the eighth best coach in the Pac-12.

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Athlon says UCLA’s Jim Mora is the 8th best coach in the conference and Oregon State’s Gary Andersen, whose team won only two games last season, is the 9th best.
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Athlon Sports has published a list ranking all 128 FBS football coaches.

The immediate question that comes up when a list like this is made is “Where is our guy?”

Well, UCLA head coach Jim Mora was ranked as the 35th best coach in the country. The national ranking comes on the heels of another list by Athlon which ranked Mora as the 8th best coach in the Pac-12. In fact, what Athlon had to say about Mora was the same thing in both articles. Here’s what they said:

The Pac-12 has one of the nation’s deepest collections of coaches. Need evidence? Mora ranks eighth on this list, but a strong argument could be made for the UCLA head coach to rank higher after a 37-16 mark over the last four seasons. Under Mora’s watch, the Bruins have won at least eight games every year and claimed the Pac-12 South title in 2012. UCLA has some key players to replace from its 2015 team, but a favorable schedule and the development of sophomore quarterback Josh Rosen has this program poised to enter the 2016 season as the favorite in the South Division.

Frankly, after reading the Pac-12 rankings, I’m not sure that the guys at Athlon didn’t start with David Shaw and pull names out of a hat after that.

After all, despite his success at Boise State, what has Chris Petersen done specifically at Washington to deserve to be ranked as the second best coach in the conference?

How the heck is Oregon’s Mark Helfrich ranked 7th best in the conference? And, how could they possibly suggest that Gary Anderson whose Oregon State team only won two games last season is 9th best in the Pac-12.

But, there is one thing I think all Bruin fans can view as a sign of hope.

Athlon ranks new Southern Cal head coach Clay Helton as the worst coach in the conference, although they stop short of suggesting that Southern Cal AD Pat Haden was too busy working for the George Mayr Foundation to hire a better coach. Fight on, Trogans!

Overall, though, what do you think about Athlon ranking Coach Mora 35th best in the nation? What do you think about Athlon ranking Coach Mora 8th best in the conference? Add your thoughts in the comments below.

Personally, I’m not that inclined to put a lot of stock into either the national or the conference list. I’m more concerned about whether or not Coach Mora will finally beat Stanford this year.

Go Bruins!