The UCLA football program has slowly been descending in a downward spiral for the past decade. There are so many different reasons behind their decline, ranging from bad hires to no financial commitment from the university, to strict academic requirements on athletes.
When UCLA decided to fire Rick Neuheisel and replace him with Jim Mora Jr., there was a change in philosophy towards the program. Money is finally being put in to hire a quality coaching staff, facilities are being updated, and a renewed sense of commitment from the athletic director, Dan Guerrero, seems to have been installed out of necessity.
Guerrero is well aware that this hire could be his last if Mora doesn't turn around the program, and that his job security is very much dependent on him. Make no mistake, this is a huge point in time for the UCLA program and Mora has been given the responsibility of turning it around.
Let's look at the five most important factors to UCLA having a successful year on the football field for the 2012-13 season.