This is one of my favorite posts to do here at YB11, because we get to kick the shine out to some other folks on the internet who are working hard. Today, we are deviating from that path a bit to bring you a post-practice interview session with Jim Mora out at UCLA. We've spent a lot of time here recapping and reading the tea leaves of Spring so I thought it would be good to pull a coach's thoughts as his team heads into their spring contest this weekend.
Mora is opting for the no scoreboard route of the spring game. A bit different from the odd scoring of Notre Dame or the made up scoring to keep the game close at North Carolina. Mora also talks about identity and putting a stamp on the team, something we hear a lot with first year coaches trying to change cultures. Urban Meyer at Ohio State, according to everyone buying into it, has reportedly put his stamp on the Buckeyes. Jim Mora takes a bit of a different approach. He lets us know he needs to play some games, win some and then perhaps he'll have put his stamp on the Bruins.
Sometimes it is just good to hear from the source, instead of a coach's words through the pen or mouth of a reporter or analyst. Mora also discusses something that is a pressing issue in football as a whole, concussions. Great take on this at about the 3:25 mark on how they deal with head injuries, returning symptoms of concussions, the role of helmet to helmet hits in the game, impact monitoring and limiting repetitions.
Give it a watch people, it is a little different than our normal weekly podcasts, but Mora takes a quick look at concussions and really drops some knowledge on ways to help make the game safer.