Local Los Angeles radio station Fox Sports Radio had an afternoon broadcast of the ‘Petros And Money Show’ from Spaulding Field on the campus of UCLA on Monday. During their four-hour broadcast, they interviewed several UCLA players like Anthony Jefferson, Myles Jack and Offensive Coordinator Noel Mazzone. The show culminated when they interviewed Head Coach Jim Mora, and like always, he gave a great interview full of enthusiasm and excitement for the team he leads, the UCLA Bruin football team.
Mora had a lot to say about a variety of topics presented to him, which included Spring Practice, Brett Hundley, Anthony Barr and even his Count On Me Foundation fundraiser which will be held for the second consecutive year at Riviera Country Club.
Here are some of the more memorable quotes from the interview…
Commenting on what he wants out of the Spring Showcase:
Three things: Number One, I want us to have a great practice without anyone getting seriously injured, you know, other than the nicks and bruises that happen at any practice. Number Two, I want our fans to have a great experience and get a sneak peak at our team. And it is only a sneak peak, we will be limited in what we can do. Number Three, just create a great environment for our recruits so that they can come out and get a taste of UCLA football.”
When asked about how many aggressive guys he should have on the field:
Eleven. You should have eleven aggressive in their own unique way. I mean, its a controlled aggression, it’s a controlled chaos is what defense is. As long as they are taking care of their responsibility, we want to be physical, we want to fly the football, we want to be known as aggressive.”
When asked about switching players from one side of the ball to the other:
[It is about] How can they best help the team. How we best accentuate what they do best in order to help the team be the best team we can be. Its really unselfish and we are lucky because we have an unselfish team.”
Jim Mora on how he handles the big expectations of the coming season:
I think really, the only thing that matters is our expectations and our standards and how we go about our business and what we talk about is not listening to the noise. What that means is the outside people that are talking about us, they don’t really matter. You know, as long as we are not affected by what people are saying, whether it be positive or negative, if we just keep our head down and keep working everyday to get better. Stay on track and remember what our standards are and our work ethic is and our goal is. And that really, is all that matters.”
This man is brilliant.
If you would like to hear the rest of interview with head coach Jim Mora in its entirety, click on the link below. The interview starts 2 minutes into the ‘Petros And Money Show’ podcast and ends at 15:40.