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07:29 AM ET 12.03 | On the surface, Jim Mora makes plenty of sense in Seattle. [Mora] has spent his whole life bleeding Husky purple, openly and unashamedly. That inclination might be dormant at the moment, as he embeds himself in his current job as the second-year coach of UCLA. But some things are inherent, and so deeply rooted that they never truly disappear. Which brings us to the sudden vacancy at the University of Washington after Steve Sarkisian's stunning departure on Monday. For Mora, it's now the moment of truth. He is the perfect man to succeed Sarkisian, in many ways a godsend for UW athletic director Scott Woodward. It's the job Mora has pined for his whole life -- until two years ago, at least. ... [With Mora], the love affair with Washington has always been heartfelt.

The Seattle Times

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December 3, 2013  08:08 AM ET

He's the king of LA, why leave now. One of the better coaching jobs in NCAA over last 2 yrs.

December 3, 2013  08:57 AM ET

Hot racking on the good ship PAC 12. Way too cozy there, coach.

December 3, 2013  09:08 AM ET

This was all before he landed the UCLA gig.

December 3, 2013  09:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

He's the king of LA, why leave now. One of the better coaching jobs in NCAA over last 2 yrs.

Washington pays better, pays asst's a lot more and has better facilities

UCLA football is an afterthought at the school, just as Kansas and Kentucky are

Love the Bruins, but they don't focus on football. Its been great what he's done, hope he stays, but wouldn't surprise me if he left while hot

December 3, 2013  09:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Washington pays better, pays asst's a lot more and has better facilitiesUCLA football is an afterthought at the school, just as Kansas and Kentucky areLove the Bruins, but they don't focus on football. Its been great what he's done, hope he stays, but wouldn't surprise me if he left while hot

Mmmm. If you're looking for a return to the NFL, UCLA is a better place to be. It's got fabulous recruiting possibilities - UCLA's at #8 nationwide right now - and can own LA. Football had become an afterthought because of crappy coaches and records the last few years. It can make a comeback with a successful program and Mora's crafted that. (He's probably in line for a pay raise.) Many of us remember when UCLA was a perpetual powerhouse in the PAC 10. Don't think UDub can offer what Mora wants. Money's on him staying put and an assistant taking over in Seattle.

December 3, 2013  09:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Mmmm. If you're looking for a return to the NFL, UCLA is a better place to be. It's got fabulous recruiting possibilities - UCLA's at #8 nationwide right now - and can own LA. Football had become an afterthought because of crappy coaches and records the last few years. It can make a comeback with a successful program and Mora's crafted that. (He's probably in line for a pay raise.) Many of us remember when UCLA was a perpetual powerhouse in the PAC 10. Don't think UDub can offer what Mora wants. Money's on him staying put and an assistant taking over in Seattle.

I would add that the USC hire doesn't inspire any fear at UCLA-as it stands now for the next 3-4 years ASU and UCLA will own the South. The North is a much tougher neighborhood.

December 3, 2013  09:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

He's the king of LA, why leave now. One of the better coaching jobs in NCAA over last 2 yrs.

When Mama calls you go.

December 3, 2013  09:34 AM ET

Sark to USC, Mora to UW, Ogre to UCLA (crosstown revenge) = triangular trade

December 3, 2013  09:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I would add that the USC hire doesn't inspire any fear at UCLA-as it stands now for the next 3-4 years ASU and UCLA will own the South. The North is a much tougher neighborhood.

Yep. UCLA has all the cards for now.

December 3, 2013  10:02 AM ET

Looks like Mora is saying... BFD

December 3, 2013  10:02 AM ET

He was fired from the Seahawks after 1 year. Not sure how much he "pines" to go back to Seattle.

December 3, 2013  10:02 AM ET

So are the days of our life.

December 3, 2013  10:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Sark to USC, Mora to UW, Ogre to UCLA (crosstown revenge) = triangular trade

I like it!

December 3, 2013  10:41 AM ET

Mora will implode it's inevitable. You heard it here.

December 3, 2013  10:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

He was fired from the Seahawks after 1 year. Not sure how much he "pines" to go back to Seattle.

Not completely accurate. When Mora was canned by the Falcons, he joined the Seahawks staff as AHC/DB coach, a position he held for two years before being promoted to HC for 2009. Anyone can conjecture, but Mora's promotion appeared to be a safety - the market wasn't providing candidates with the leadership the Seahawks' owner/management wanted, so they promoted Jimora (When smushed together, his name reminds me of a Japanese movie monster). Jimora covered the gap year, and for better or worse, owner/management pulled the trigger on a different hire the following year.

Half of Jimora's formative years were spent in the Seattle area (high school in Bellevue). He attended UW and walked on to the Huskies (reserve DB/LB). He served as a GA there for one year before getting his first pro gig with San Diego. I'd say that Jimora's positive memories of Washington out weigh any negative ones.

December 3, 2013  11:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Looks like Mora is saying... BFD

He needs to go the Le Smiles route, and wangle up a big raise out of all this.

December 3, 2013  11:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Not completely accurate. When Mora was canned by the Falcons, he joined the Seahawks staff as AHC/DB coach, a position he held for two years before being promoted to HC for 2009. Anyone can conjecture, but Mora's promotion appeared to be a safety - the market wasn't providing candidates with the leadership the Seahawks' owner/management wanted, so they promoted Jimora (When smushed together, his name reminds me of a Japanese movie monster). Jimora covered the gap year, and for better or worse, owner/management pulled the trigger on a different hire the following year. Half of Jimora's formative years were spent in the Seattle area (high school in Bellevue). He attended UW and walked on to the Huskies (reserve DB/LB). He served as a GA there for one year before getting his first pro gig with San Diego. I'd say that Jimora's positive memories of Washington out weigh any negative ones.

He had a 4 year deal with the Seahawks and went 5 - 11 the first year.
He wasn't there for years 2 - 4, and he didn't resign. And, he wasn't too happy about leaving, as I recall. Sounds like fired to me.

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December 3, 2013  11:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

He had a 4 year deal with the Seahawks and went 5 - 11 the first year.He wasn't there for years 2 - 4, and he didn't resign. And, he wasn't too happy about leaving, as I recall. Sounds like fired to me.

I do not doubt his dismissal from the Seahawks. I contend that he wasn't their first choice when they offered him the HC gig. The fact that the Seahawks stunk throughout his first and only year as their HC and was given the boot doesn't alter my contention that Mora has more positive memories of Washington than negative ones.

 
December 3, 2013  12:10 PM ET

USC gets the worst of the two and Mora gets Sark's leftovers if he goes to Washington. USC should have tried to get Mora, if at all possible.

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