And, now, it’s Jim Mora’s turn. He’ll take his place in the uninspiring lineup of Bob Toledo, Karl Dorrell and Rick Neuheisel atop the UCLA football program, hoping he will be the one capable of returning the Bruins to the Rose Bowl for the first time in 14 years and the one who actually wins one for the first time since the 1984 Classic.
Mora will try to establish the Bruins atop the city of L.A., wresting regional supremacy away from USC. And he’ll try to carve out a place in the upper reaches of the Pac-12 — and, no, last year’s South Division title doesn’t count, not when you go 5-4 to get it.
And he’ll try to do it all without the benefit of a single game of head-coaching experience on the collegiate level. In fact, Mora has never even been a full-time college assistant; his sole experience as a staffer at that level came when he was a graduate assistant at Washington in 1984.
But Mora isn’t somebody the Bruins picked off the street. He has ample NFL experience, inclu...