Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times
August 30, 2012
Jim Mora began his coaching era at UCLA by taking his team to San Bernardino for a boot camp that would put some kick back in the program. Mora believed UCLA was ¿soft¿ and set about turning the ruined Bruins into nine-game winners in a season that included only the second victory over USC since 1998. It was quite a contrast to the 50-0 debacle of a loss in 2011.
The only problem is UCLA totally botched the 2012 ending. Consecutive defeats to Pac-12 champion Stanford could be forgiven, but not the horrible effort in a blowout defeat to Baylor in the Holiday Bowl.
Mora has UCLA on the right track, but the program is best served when it allows others to dictate when the program is ¿back.¿