On the Pac-12 coaches’ teleconference last week, UCLA coach Jim Mora didn’t want to talk much about his return UW to face his alma mater at Husky Stadium.
“Doesn’t matter to me,” he said then.
In Tuesday’s Pac-12 call, Mora opened up more about his return, three days after UCLA’s 44-30 victory over the Huskies.
“The one thing that bothered me about last week, I think some of my answers got misconstrued as to how I felt about Seattle and the University of Washington,” Mora said, when asked by The Times’ Bud Withers. “I love Seattle and I obviously love my alma mater. But I’m a UCLA Bruin and I’m the football coach here. I think people in Seattle maybe misconstrued (his responses) as being insensitive to my history there.
“The other thing is, I’m old … I don’t have a lot of affiliation with the University of Washington anymore. I don’t really know anyone on that staff … the uniforms are totally unfamiliar to me — white pants and white helmets, Don James and Jim Owens, they’d be rolling over in their grave if they knew about that. And the stadium is so new — what a gorgeous place, it’s unbelievable. I felt a little disconnected, and I say all those things with great respect. I think coach (Chris) Petersen is going to build a powerhouse there. And even though I talk about the uniforms, that’s what you’ve got to do nowadays. They’re doing really neat stuff; it just wasn’t things that are familiar to me.”
You can listen to Mora on the teleconference here.
And here’s a wrapup of the teleconference from Withers.