The official hiring of Jedd Fisch as UCLA’s new offensive coordinator and subsequent conference call would have gone largely under the radar yesterday if not for some bone-headed comments made by Jim Mora about the spread that riled up the CFB twitter-sphere.
Mora appeared later in the afternoon on Petros and Money to clarify (clarify? not clarify... further muddy-up?) his comments about whether or not a spread offense has ever won a championship and waxed "philosophical" about labeling offenses...
Perhaps Mora confuses the "spread offense" with the patented N-Zone System, in which case, yes, that offense has never won a championship.
Mora also confirmed on the radio show that former 5-star LB recruit Mique Juarez would be re-joining the team when classes resume on January 9.
Fisch said the Bruins would run a multifaceted offense best suited to the players’ talents and expected it to feature different personnel groupings, tempos and formations while utilizing "a good mix of run and pass."
"The running game and the passing game go hand in hand," Fisch said, "and if you’re able to utilize a certain system or scheme that permits you to run the football to open up the deeper throws and open up the passing game, that’s where the success will come."
Thuc Nhi Nguyen of the LA Daily News added some additional info from the day's news in a notebook at Inside UCLA:
"My sole focus is UCLA and UCLA football," Mora said on Thursday’s media conference call introducing new offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch. "I love it here. I hope I can stay here the rest of my career. I hope I can win enough games to be worthy of staying here the rest of my career. I love it here."
She adds that Josh Rosen will meet with coaches and medical staff on Monday, and that no other staff changes have been announced just yet.
Two more UCLA men’s soccer players will enter the MLS Superdraft and forgo NCAA eligibility, per the Daily Bruin:
UCLA men’s soccer stars Abu Danladi and Jackson Yueill were selected to be members of the five-member 2017 Generation adidas class on Wednesday.
The Major League Soccer announcement means that Danladi, a junior forward, and Yueill, a sophomore midfielder, will enter next week’s 2017 MLS SuperDraft.
The two players join sophomore Jose Hernandez and freshman Reggie Cannon who have already signed with MLS teams.
Now, let TJ Leaf help get you through the rest of this day and into the weekend: