An Open Letter To All Bruin Fans Upset Over The Hiring of Jim L.Mora


From a fellow member of Bruin Nation,

Ever since UCLA hired Jim L. Mora to take Rick Neuhiesel’s place as its new football coach, I’ve noticed that quite a few of you, particularly on sites like Bruin Report Online and Bruins Nation, have been quite upset over this hire and have posted things that, in my view, are a little ignorant.

I won’t go into the details of those posts, but they have been along the line of wanting to get rid of this man and wanting to throw him under the bus, mostly due to his lack of college coaching experience and his less than absolutely stellar record as coach of the Atlanta Falcons and the Seattle Seahawks – and he hasn’t been the Bruins’ coach for a week!

Not only that, he has yet to be formally introduced as of this writing; he’s scheduled for a press conference at the Morgan Center on campus today (Tuesday).

I don’t know about anyone else, but I am getting quite tired of the Negative Nellies and the Debbie Downers that are predicting sure doom over this hire.

How do you know that Mora will fail in Westwood? Do you have a crystal ball or time machine? Are you clarvoyant or have ESP?

If you don’t, then while you certainly have the right to your opinion and are entitled to it, it’s definitely bad form to criticize Mora before he has even coached a game, or has even held one practice with his players.

I strongly suggest that you let Mora get acclimated and see what he does, who he hires as his assistants,  and how he works with players such as Brett Hundley, Randall Carroll, Andrew Abbott,  Cassius Marsh, Malcolm Jones, and Johnathan Franklin (if he stays), before condeming him.

In other words, don’t knock him ’til you try him!

Let me sum this all up for you in this way:


You never know – he may be the one to turn things around.

He may be the one that will even things with USC.

And maybe, just maybe, he will be the one to make UCLA consistent contenders, if not champions every year, in the Pac-12 and the BCS.

I don’t know about everyone else, but I’m going to give Jim L. Mora that chance.

And if you are good members of Bruin Nation, you will join me in doing the same.


Derek Hart, UCLA Class of 1991