Jim Mora Jr. clarifies comments on USC, again
Posted by: Chris Vannini on November 21, 2012
Clarifying or re-hashing comments has become a weekly thing with Jim Mora Jr., but this time, he is making no apologies.
He seemed to get himself in trouble again when he made a comment to The Dan Patrick Show on Tuesday that he didn't care about USC.
On Wednesday, Mora said that wasn't the whole story.
"I understand that there was a comment on The Dan Patrick Show that bothered people," Mora said. "What I said, without editing, is, 'I don't give a rat's ass about USC. We're thinking about Stanford.' That was not a dig at USC. That was an indication of our focus on Stanford.
"So if it's taken any other way, it's taken wrong. ... You know how that editing stuff goes. They'll just lop off the last part where I said I'm thinking about Stanford. So, whatever."
The Bruins have clinched the Pac-12 South division, while Stanford needs to beat UCLA in order to win the Pac-12 North.
Mora said this season has been one of his most enjoyable as a head coach, and cited his first experiences with college kids have separated the experience from the NFL.
"I don't know what I expected, really, I guess, but it's fun," he said. "And coaching in the NFL is fun. I love coaching, or I wouldn't do it. I guess, just being around these kids, they have an amazing enthusiasm for what they do and for the game. They're doing it not for money, they're doing it because it gives them a chance to get an education, maybe reach their goals athletically. It certainly helps them reach their goals academically. It's just a blast."
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