A few days ago, it was reported that the New York Jets were making overtures to current UCLA head coach Jim Mora, and if you believe everything you read, some suggested he was in New York interviewing for the position. However, Jim popped on the Rich Eisen show this morning to talk everything football, and he had a couple of interesting quotes regarding the NFL:
"...You're name has been mentioned for some openings in the National Football League, and I just want to ask you is this something that you're interested in?...How would you term you on the business end on maybe some of these overtures?"
"Well, I think it's always a compliment to your program and the success that your program is having when other people mention you, whether it's real or fabricated. You know, I never wavered from saying that I'm very happy at UCLA. I love college football and I love coaching UCLA Bruins. I have not made any overtures toward any NFL team, my agent hasn't. You know, as a matter of fact, I was in my office the other day, one of the assistant coaches came in and said "I thought you were in New York, I just read you were in New York."
"Yeah, talking about the Jets gig.
"Either yesterday or today, unless this studio has now floated its way to New York, I'm here...You know I love college football , I really do. I think that it fits me very, very well. You know, I relate well to the players. I think that they appreciate the emotion and the passion that I coach with and I love UCLA. I think we've been able to do some good things, I love the young men I coach. You know, when you make a commitment in recruiting to the families of the players you're recruiting you say "Listen, I'm going to be your coach." I take that seriously, I do , I take that very seriously. It's not something that I want to run out on."
If you want to watch the video you can click HERE. That seems to put to bed the rumours of Jim interviewing, and by the sounds of things, he won't be going anywhere anytime soon.
Jim spent a lot of time in the NFL before moving to UCLA, where he has found great success in leading the team to a 29-11 record in three years as head coach, a much better record than when he was head coach of the Atlanta Falcons and then the Seattle Seahawks, where he led them to a combined 31-33 record for a .470 win percentage.
Mora has previously stated that he would like to eventually retire as head coach of the UCLA Bruins. He has been approached by both Washington and Texas for their college coaching jobs, but he showed his loyalty to UCLA by turning them down.
College football and recruiting suits Mora more than the NFL game. I would be quite surprised if he ever coached another NFL game.