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JIM MORA
ALEXANDRA FENWICK
August 22, 2012
DROPS NAMES AND DOESN'T WANT TO WORRY ABOUT USC
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August 22, 2012

Jim Mora

DROPS NAMES AND DOESN'T WANT TO WORRY ABOUT USC

SI: What made you want to come to UCLA?

JM: I went out to the track and met two Olympic medalists. There were six NFL players working out. I walked by the tennis complex, and Venus and Serena were hitting back and forth. I walked onto our practice field, and Tim Tebow and Philip Rivers were throwing the ball. I was walking back to my office and Dr. Dre walked by. That's one hour. And it was 75 and sunny with a slight breeze coming off the Pacific. Who wouldn't want to come here? We just have to show that we can win.

SI: HOW HAS THE TRANSITION TO COLLEGE FOOTBALL GONE SO FAR?

JM: IT'S FULFILLING WORKING WITH THIS AGE GROUP. THE CONCRETE HASN'T HARDENED ON WHO THEY ARE, SO IT'S REWARDING TO HAVE AN INFLUENCE.

SI: What do you think about the USC rivalry?

JM: That USC game might as well be a million years from now. We've got so many steps to take. What we need to be worrying about is getting better today.

SI: You and your wife, Shannon, started a foundation that holds a charity celebrity golf tournament each year. What are the best and worst performances you've seen among the athletes who have participated over the years?

JM: Last year Bill Russell made it to the shootout. He's getting up there in age, but when something was on the line, Bill Russell won. The worst golfer was Mike Vick early in his career. He didn't even know how to carry a bag.

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