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UCLA introduces new Bruins' head football coach Jim L. Mora

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UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero introduced the Bruins' new head football coach, Jim L. Mora, at a press conference Tuesday. Mora, a former head coach for the NFL's Seattle Seahawks and Atlanta Falcons, replaces the departing Rick Neuheisel.
 
"When I last talked to the media, it was about two weeks ago to the day. We talked about the need to go far and wide to look for our next head football coach," Guerrero said. "And, in fact, we did that, and we found our man in Seattle.
 
"In getting to know Jim during the process, it became very clear to us that we have a special individual here. We had the opportunity to speak to many people in the football world who had the pleasure of crossing paths with Jim along the way — individuals who worked with him, individuals who worked for him and individuals who played for him. And to a person, they talked about the fact that he is a leader of men, that he is a terrific football coach, and that he was the right person for us to be able to hire to move our program into a Pac-12, and obviously BCS, championship-caliber program."
 
Mora said it's been a tough decade for UCLA football, but stressed, "this is a program that has always represented academic and athletic excellence.
 
"I look forward to the challenge of returning this football program to prominence," he said. "I don't want to stand up here today, my first day, and make any bold predictions or outlandish statements. I'm going to let our actions going forward speak for us. But I will say this: Our objective is, and always will be, to win Pac-12 championships and to compete for the national championship." 
 
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