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Bleacher Report recently came out with a list of the Top 10 Offensive and Defensive Coordinator combinations and Noel Mazzone and Tom Bradley of UCLA Football came in at #8. This is a testament to what head coach Jim Mora has done in turning around Bruin football and proof that the #BruinRevolution is alive and well.
Since getting to UCLA over four years ago, Mora has been on a mission to improve the standing of UCLA football and started to do so with the help of some of the most innovative and experienced coordinators in the college ranks.
When Mora took over, he wanted UCLA to dominate on offense and hired Noel Mazzone and his spread offense away from Arizona State. With the help of former quarterback Brett Hundley, UCLA has been one of the most exciting offensive teams in the Pac-12 that has led the Bruins to three straight nine-win seasons and the first back-to-back 10-win seasons since the 1997 and 1998.
Nov 8, 2014; Austin, TX, USA; (Editors note: Caption correction) West Virginia Mountaineers senior associate head coach Tom Bradley prior to kickoff against the Texas Longhorns at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports
Though Tom Bradley is yet to coach a UCLA football game, his reputation precedes him. As defensive coordinator at Penn State, Bradley was known as the “architect of one of the best defenses in college football” and was even honored in 2005 as the AP National Defensive Coordinator of the Year.
So even though these two Bruin coaches have not officially called a game together, it fairly certain that they will not only be successful, but help Jim Mora continue to make UCLA football a power house.
As for the other coaching combinations, here is the Bleacher Report list:
School – Offensive Coordinator, Defensive Coordinator
1. Alabama – Lane Kiffin, Kirby Smart
2. USC – Clay Helton, Justin Wilcox
3. Auburn – Rhett Lashlee, Will Muschamp
4. Oregon – Scott Frost, Don Pellum
5. Georgia – Brian Schottenheimer, Jeremy Pruitt
6. Texas A&M – Jake Spavital, John Chavis
7. Florida – Doug Nussmeier, Geoff Collins
8. UCLA – Mazzone, Bradley
9. Oklahoma – Lincon Riley, Mike Stoops
10. Notre Dame – Mike Sanford, Brain VanGorder