So I'll go on record saying that the UCLA Bruins are probably the prohibitive favorite to win the Pac-12 next year. They return a majority of their talent (including all those freshmen), they get Oregon and Stanfurd and USC at home, and would probably host the Pac-12 championship if they could pull off that trifecta and knock off Arizona State.
But that's contingent on two things: head coach Jim Mora and quarterback Brett Hundley staying put in Westwood. Mora has inked an extension and seems to be staying put, but what happens if Hundley decides to move onto the next level?
Two well connected west coast sources tell me they fully expect Brett Hundley/QB/UCLA to enter the 2014 NFL Draft....— Tony Pauline (@TonyPauline) January 2, 2014
So it's not clear if Hundley is actually declaring or not, but if he does, will Mora reconsider his position and think twice about his suitors? As much as the Bruins have done to keep him here, what happens if the eyes of Texas come looking?
Texas very interested in UCLA's Jim Mora. UT & reps of Mora had conversations today sources told @AdamSchefter— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) January 2, 2014
Mora and Texas don't seem like the natural fit at first, but the offenses at UCLA and Texas are similar, Mora has an excellent recruiter to bring with him in Adrian Klemm, a solid offensive playcaller in Noel Mazzone, and he'll have the keys to the number one football program in college football.
It will probably hinge a lot on what his star quarterback decides to do. If Hundley stays, Mora stays. If Hundley leaves, Texas might have a shot. We shall see.
What do you think will happen?
Multiple sources tell http://t.co/Pb827xg41z Texas' coaching search focus now squarely on UCLA's Jim Mora.— Chip Brown (@ChipBrownOB) January 3, 2014