Jim Mora UCLA: Why Bruins Made Wrong Move in Hiring Former NFL Coach

Luis BatlleContributor IDecember 10, 2011

SEATTLE - JANUARY 03:  Head coach Jim Mora of the Seattle Seahawks looks on during the game against the Tennessee Titans on January 3, 2010 at Qwest Field in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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With the departure of former UCLA football head coach Rick Neuheisel, the Bruins had to act fast to get a new head coach.

According to ESPN.com, the team are to name former NFL coach Jim Mora as the new head coach.

Mora is anything but the right fit for this team.

Former head coach Rick Neuheisel is now officially out of a head coaching position with the team, having coached what was his last game in the loss in a 49-31 loss at No. 9 Oregon. The Bruins went just 6-7 on the season with Neuheisel as head coach.

Neuheisel was especially unsuccessful in his tenure with the Bruins, as he went just 21-28 with the team.

Three weeks before their bowl game against Illinois on Dec. 31, the Bruins are now coached by Mora, who has little success in his coaching career.

For one, Mora has been out of the loop for a significant amount of time when it comes to the college football level of play.

According to the USA Today, it has been over 27 years since Mora has coached in college football. The last time Mora walked about the sidelines in a college game was in 1984, when he was a graduate assistant with the team after playing for the team.

The NFL and college football are two especially different games, as making the transition from pro to college or college to pro isn't exactly the easiest maneuver.

The other big issue with Mora is that he was quite unsuccessful as an NFL coach.

With the exception of a tremendous 11-5 season with the Atlanta Falcons in 2004, he would follow that with 8-8 and 7-9 seasons.

Shortly after his days with the Falcons, Mora would be named head coach of the Seattle Seahawks. After he went just 5-11, he would be fired after that season.

Make no mistake about it, Mora is quite the football mind and perhaps thinks he will be especially more successful in the college game. It is the numbers and his time away from college football that will make it a difficult task for the former NFL coach to succeed with the Bruins.