Let the bad blood continue to boil between USC and UCLA.
After the Bruins gave the Trojans a 38-28 beatdown last weekend, which locked up the Pac-12 South, the team is riding high on confidence. UCLA is sitting pretty with a 9-2 record and has become one of the most improved teams in the country.
Bruins head coach Jim L. Mora was on the Dan Patrick Show this morning and was asked all sorts of questions about his team and the upcoming matchup against Stanford. Towards the end of the interview, Mora was asked about USC. That's when he interjected with a "No disrespect" comment.
You know that those words are usually followed by a little jab at the heartstrings, and the UCLA head coach really took it there, according to Paul Pabst, a producer of the show:
"I don't want to be disrespectful, but I don't give a rat's ass about USC right now." --UCLA HC Jim Mora when Dan asked about Marqise Lee.— Paul Pabst (@PaulPabst) November 21, 2012
To hear the actual interview, you can click here (fast forward to the 4:50 mark for the shot towards USC).
While this isn't exactly the way you would expect a head coach to handle a situation, you really can't blame Mora for having this reaction.
This is a coach who took over a college program for the first time in his coaching career. He was doubted from the moment he stepped on campus, but he's done a tremendous job with recruiting, is making football matter again and is shooting for a conference title for the first time since 1998.
UCLA still has an important game this weekend against Stanford. With a victory, the Bruins win double-digit games for the first time since 2005.
With all of the success that has gone this team's way, you can probably understand why Mora would have an attitude when asked about an underachieving squad that has lost four games this year. The Bruins are on the rise, while USC may be in a rebuilding mode, with many key players set to leave and possibly a coaching change if Lane Kiffin can't turn things around.
Again, Mora means no disrespect; he just wishes his program could step out of the USC shadow at least for one season.