Found December 10, 2011 on Crystal Ball Run:
UCLA reportedly has hired an ex-NFL head coach to lead its football program. Big whoop. Has a program with so many apparent built-in advantages ever come off more radioactive than UCLA has during this latest coaching search? (OK, besides UCLA's last coaching searches?) The Bruins went through public flirtations with Chris Petersen, Al Golden, Kevin Sumlin and Steve Sarkisian before settling on Jim Mora Jr., he of the 31-33 lifetime NFL record. Do a Twitter search for "Mora" and you'll see just how underwhelmed the college football world is with this hire. Of course, the glass-half-full crowd will make the easy analogy to Pete Carroll's tenure at USC. Southen Cal AD Mike Garrett took plenty of heat at the time for picking Carroll, an NFL wash-out, after striking out with a series of other candidates. That turned out pretty well for the Trojans. The big difference between Carroll then and Mora now: culture. USC and UCLA are both located in the same city, ...

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