As of Wednesday, UCLA’s Jim Mora held 8-1 odds to become the next head coach of the Michigan Wolverines. Mora only trailed Michigan’s prodigal son, 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh, as the favorite to eventually claim the position.
If Mora is actually interested in leaving the West Coast for the Midwest to coach one of college football’s most prestigious program, he has hasn’t been forthright with his current coaching staff.
UCLA defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich discussed the possibility of Mora leaving the Bruins for Michigan with the Orange County Register‘s Ryan Kartje.
“I’m convinced that Coach Mora, he loves it here,” Ulbrich told Kartje. “He loves this program. He loves these kids. He loves the direction we’re going. I think he’s in it for the long haul. I really do. He’s built a beautiful home in Manhattan Beach. It doesn’t look like he has any intention of leaving that. His kids have stayed here close to go to school locally to be together, to be near him.”
Michigan still carries a lot of clout as one of the nation’s highest profile programs, yet Mora is currently in a better place after rebuilding the Bruins over the past three seasons. The Bruins are currently ranked 14th overall and spent the bulk of the season among the Top 10 overall. Michigan, meanwhile, finished 5-7 overall.
These reasons and more (namely the weather) led Ulbrich to think “everything would indicate to me that he’s staying.”