In case you missed it, UCLA was up at the podium in the Pac-12 Media Day on Tuesday.
And, of course, nothing newsworthy came out of it, which is exactly what we ask for.
Jim Mora, Tevin McDonald and Johnathan Franklin represented UCLA at the Pac-12 Media Day, and all did a good job.
It was Mora’s first time, and though there were no hardball questions — except from Jon Gold, who asked Johnathan Franklin and Tevin McDonald if UCLA had lost some pride last year — Jim Mora still did a nice job of not putting his foot in his mouth.
The entire thing was positive and Mora looked composed as hell. Most of the discussion was dominated by increased accountability and discipline, and that came from all three UCLA representatives and not just Mora. That’s a good thing, mind you, because UCLA has severely lacked both of these things over the past decade.
Additionally, Jim Mora was asked a rather idiotic question by Greg Katz — who enjoys trolling UCLA websites and message boards, we’re sure — about, what else, U$C. Mora, of course, nailed the damn thing, saying he isn’t worried about “Southern Cal” and his focus was primarily on UCLA and working on the team’s rebuilding into a national powerhouse.
Overall, this was Jim Mora’s opportunity to prove that he can talk the talk and not the way Rick Neuheisel — who constantly brought up South Cal and made them an emphasis point — talked the talk, which wound up burning UCLA in the end.
We’re glad Mora’s killing it here. But the games are played on the field, so just as many times as Mora mentioned — a lot, mind you — we’re excited.