UCLA coach Jim Mora, as part of his Count On Me Foundation, is scheduled to be in the Seattle area this week for a charity event at the Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital & Health Center in Tacoma on Thursday.
Could he be the Washington coach by then?
UW athletic director Scott Woodward is apparently meeting with Mora tonight, according to FootballScoop.com.
At UW, word working its way through the coaches tonight is that Woodward is meeting with Jim Mora. Expect a yes or no soon (prob tomorrow)
— FootballScoop Staff (@footballscoop) December 3, 2013
And then, this:
Saw the report that Jim Mora is in Washington w AD Woodward tonight, but just told by source he's actually in Calif recruiting
— Bruce Feldman (@BFeldmanCBS) December 3, 2013
Here’s Larry Stone’s column reminding us of Mora’s infamous line to KJR in a 2006 interview: “If that job’s open, you’ll find me at the friggin’ head of the line with my resume in my hand ready to take that job.”
Last month, Mora insisted that was a joke.
But for Mora there are numerous ties to UW and Seattle. Wrote The Seattle Times’ Bud Withers last month:
How invested was Mora in Washington? Well, he was a walk-on player at UW in some big years in the early 1980s. His dad Jim worked with and for Don James, which brought the families so close together the younger Mora was babysat by James’ elder daughter Jill, and in turn, Jim later baby-sat the James’ younger daughter, Jeni.
Mora’s wife Shannon is a former UW cheerleader, and earlier this fall, when he hatched a surprise 50th birthday party for her, the site was downtown Seattle, not Los Angeles.
Here’s the Los Angeles Times story on Mora tonight.
Meanwhile, Steve Sarkisian talked briefly with reporters in Los Angeles after he met with USC players.
“It’s been an emotional day or so for the players here and for myself,” he said.