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College Football Coaching Changes: Worse Hire, Kansas or UCLA?

GAINESVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 17:  Offensive coordinatinator of the Florida Gators Charlie Weis points before the game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 17, 2011 in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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Alex CallosCorrespondent IDecember 11, 2011

While there have been a lot of coaching changes in the past two weeks, there are two that have been talked about much more than others.

On Friday, Kansas announced the hiring of former Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis to replace Turner Gill, who was fired less than two weeks earlier.

One day later, UCLA announced the hiring of former NFL coach Jim Mora Jr. to replace Rick Neuheisel, who was let go after another disappointing season. Mora will officially be announced early next week at a press conference. 

While these are both big-name coaches and they have had some success in head coaching positions, they have ended up being disappointments for the most part.

The question is, who is the worse hire of the two?

Weis was considered an offensive genius while he served as offensive coordinator under Bill Belichick at New England. After inheriting a Notre Dame team that had a lot of talent, including quarterback Brady Quinn, Weis ran the program into the ground in five seasons.

He went 9-3 and 10-3 in his first two seasons as head coach with players that weren't his. In his final three seasons, he went 16-21 before being let go after a 6-6 campaign in 2009.

Weis spent this season as offensive coordinator of the Florida Gators after working as the Kansas City Chiefs' offensive coordinator in 2010.

Mora Jr. has been an NFL head coach and has had limited success.

He led the Atlanta Falcons to an 11-5 regular season record and to the NFC Championship Game in his first season in 2004. From that point on, though, it was a lot of disappointment. After going 8-8 in 2005, he followed that up with a 7-9 record in 2006 and his time in Atlanta came to an end.

He was hired as head coach of the Seattle Seahawks and went 5-11 in his only season. After spending the past two years as an NFL broadcaster, Mora Jr. was the choice for the Bruins.

Both Weis and Mora should be upgrades over who was there before them, but with that being said, Mora was clearly the better hire. He has had success at the NFL level and that will likely translate into some success at the college level.

Weis has struggled with his own players, and getting recruits at Kansas will be a little harder than getting them at Notre Dame.

While neither of these hires are much to brag about, Mora Jr. will have more success at UCLA than Weis will at Kansas.

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