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And more importantly, what do you feel his overalls commitment level is to UCLA? Do you feel like this could be a career job for him? A stepping-stone? He may get it to where he thinks he can take it and if he feels he's reached the ceiling of what can be done, then he'll leave?
I only ask this because what he has done thus far is quite significant. No doubt people are taking notice and there is always a top program or NFL team looking for a guy like a Jim Mora. It really is a double-edged sword to end-up with a great coach because while it's fantastic for your school, you always have to worry about others poaching him in the off-season.
All of that said, he is mainly working off of Neuheisel's recruiting right now and Neu did leave him with a great quarterback. So it will be another couple of recruiting classes before the program is truly Mora's guys. Still though, you can just tell this program's success has his footprint all over it and not that of Neuheisel's.
Any time a coach makes a "big splash" the whispers that he might leave will be heard. It is a symptom or a consequence of success. All it means is that UCLA has the right guy and the program is heading in the right direction. We never heard any such thing under Neuheisel. Honestly, it's a good problem to have.
However, if the athletic director falls asleep at the wheel there could be a problem. If Mora matches or improves on last year's success other programs (college and pro) will make overtures and he should listen. That places the responsibility squarely on the UCLA administrator to keep him happy.
A greater threat is keeping our assistant coaches. Adrian Klemm will be a popular target. I don't think he will be ready to be a head coach any time soon as he has only been a coach for a few years. Moreover, as a LA native (he went to high school a few miles from Westwood St. Monica's - his dad was basketball coach and A.D. for many years) and a big UCLA fan growing up (Note: he was a kid during the 80s) I think he is happy in Westwood. But who knows what will happen if he gets a "Washington Lupoi type offer".
I get the sense that Mora is happy and wants to really turn the program around, but I hope we continue to hear "footsteps" and rumors about outside interest in our coaching staff because It means ...... we've arrived.
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