Jim Mora: If the situation was right, I'd consider hiring Lane Kiffin
Posted by: Chris Vannini on Thursday October 17, 2013
Jim Mora and Lane Kiffin have been in contact since Kiffin was dismissed at USC.
The two are good friends, and almost all coaches know what it’s like to be let go. Mora joined The Dan Patrick Show and talked about the lows of being dismissed from a job.
Mora said he believes Kiffin has handled the situation well and will land on his feet. He described the process coaches go through when there is a change.
“It depends on the circumstance,” Mora said. “As a competitor, the first thing you do is you think, ‘It wasn’t me.’ You go through stages. It isn’t death, but I’m sure it’s a little bit like death. You grieve a little bit, you blame others, you go ‘Why me?’ Hopefully, you get to the point where you self-reflect and say, ‘What could I have done better? Why don’t I quit pointing the finger at other people and look inward and decide what I need to change to make sure, if I ever get the opportunity again, I don’t screw it up, like I did the first time.’
“I think Lane did that. You saw him on (ESPN). He did an excellent job. I think he’s accepted responsibility. I think that’s how you move on. He’s a friend of mine. His dad had a tremendous influence on my defensive philosophies. I got to work with him in New Orleans. I just wanted the guy to do well. I think he will if he’s given another shot.”
Could that shot come on Mora’s staff one day?
“Yeah, but I don’t have a position on my staff,” Mora said. “I love my staff. I’ve got Noel Mazzone as my offensive coordinator. In my opinion, he’s one of the best in the business. We’ve got great staff chemistry. If there’s ever a situation where Lane was available and he was interested and there was a position available, he’s a guy anyone would want to consider.
“He’s a good football coach. He’s a really good play-caller. I’ve had to scheme up against him on defense, and when he’s got the quarterback he thinks can make it happen for him, he’s tough to defend, because he’s not predictable. He gives you wrinkles and he sets you up, and he’s a good play-caller.”