In yesterday's Spaulding, we noted that Coach Jeff Ulbrich said that he thinks coach Jim Mora will stay at UCLA. College Football Talk picked up on that comment.
"I’m convinced that Coach Mora, he loves it here," Ulbrich told Kartje. "He loves this program. He loves these kids. He loves the direction we’re going. I think he’s in it for the long haul. I really do. He’s built a beautiful home in Manhattan Beach. It doesn’t look like he has any intention of leaving that. His kids have stayed here close to go to school locally to be together, to be near him."
He has one son at Claremont McKenna playing soccer, and his daughter is at Southern Cal. Part of the compelling reasons to stay in one place, right?
However, footballscoop, which usually is pretty good about breaking stories, had an update on the Michigan coaching search, and once again, Mora's name was brought out. The site does concede that the reasons Ulbrich listed above is part of the picture of why Mora probably isn't the absolute leading candidate, since he did turn down UW and Texas last year, and it would be a waste of Michigan's time to chase Mora.
However, they do say:
Sources in Michigan told me, UM officials believe that Mora is frustrated with not being able to get UCLA to the top and think he might be willing to make a move to Michigan. The L.A. Times reports that Mora is making $3.25 million this season.
Obviously, it doesn't say why Mora is frustrated with UCLA. Is it constantly losing to Oregon and Stanford? Is it the players? Is it not being able to get rid of coaches that might not be pulling their full weight? Would he rather be in a conference that actually cares about sports? Is it an administration that is slowly, ever so slowly, realizing what football can do for an athletic program, a possible implication that was made by Owa yesterday? Are they still not moving fast enough for what Coach Mora wants and needs to make this program a true contender?
Other candidates mentioned by Football Scoop include Dan Mullen of Mississippi State and Joe Moglia at Coastal Carolina, who is playing in a FBS playoff game this morning.
Spin spin spin, carousel.