I’m scratching the previous blog that was in this place since it’s already irrelevant almost before it had even been posted — as often happens in coaching searches.
Almost before the news cycle had ended on the stories proclaiming that Steve Sarkisian had been approached by UCLA, several LA outlets began reporting that the Bruins will hire former UW player and Seahawks coach Jim L. Mora.
Mora lettered at UW in the 1981-82-83 seasons as a walk-on linebacker — his father was an assistant at UW from 1975-77 and then with the Seahawks from 78-81.
The younger Mora began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at UW in 1984 and later ascended to become head coach of the Atlanta Falcons, and for a year, the Seahawks, in 2009, before being fired when the team instead hired Pete Carroll.
Mora was thought a candidate at UW at various points in both 2004 and 2008. But the first time he was head coach of the Falcons, and the second time he was coach-in-waiting with the Seahawks.
UW is not scheduled to play UCLA next year, so the first meeting between Mora and Sarkisian would come in 2013.
This news broke late, so none of that is not in my story on the day’s events, which also includes the news that Dan Cozzetto says he has not been contacted by ASU.
Mora is the third new coach hired in the Pac-12 joining Mike Leach at Washington State and Rich Rodriguez at Arizona, a conference coaching lineup that seems to just get more fascinating. Arizona State remains on the clock in its attempt to hire a successor for Dennis Erickson (shoulda stuck with June Jones).