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Remember a few slides back when I was bragging about being right about USC before the season started?
Here's why you should never brag: Boy, oh boy, was I wrong about the four new Pac-12 Conference coaches.
I told you last summer that Rich Rodriguez and Mike Leach were the two best hires ever in the conference, and that Todd Graham and Jim Mora would be huge duds.
Oops. Jim Mora led the UCLA Bruins to a hearty 9-4 record, destroying crosstown rival USC on their way to the Pac-12 South Division Championship.
Mr. Mora, I apologize.
Everyone in the Phoenix area thought Arizona AD Greg Byrne in Tucson beat them to the punch by firing Mike Stoops before the season ended and grabbing Rich Rodriguez. It took former ASU AD Lisa Love (whatever happened to her?) ages to get rid of Dennis Erickson and hire Todd Graham, who most fans thought was way down the list of possible hires.
So, yeah, of course Arizona State beats Arizona, and Graham now looks like the best hire on the planet.
Mr. Graham, I apologize to you as well, and welcome to the conference.
The jury is still out on Rodriguez, and it's way out on Leach. Guess we'll have to wait until next year, and that's the beauty of college football.
Kay Jennings is a member of the Football Writers Association of America.