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VIDEO: Hey, guess which CBS Sports Analyst interviewed UCLA’s Jim Mora?

The arrival of Rick Neuheisel in 2008 brought a crap-load hype and excitement from UCLA alum, students and fans. That obviously fizzled and Neuheisel was fired this past November and the once-hopeful hiring wound up in disappointment.

Jim L. Mora is, so far, a bit of a reversed story. His hiring brought a shit-load of vitriol from the UCLA fan-base but, all of a sudden, he has the UCLA universe hopeful once more after a wildly successful recruiting season.

And those two men, for the first time in the public’s eye, spoke to one another over the phone while CBS Sports interviewed Jim Mora on his successful 2012 recruiting class. Watch:

Yes, I think that pretty much sums up UCLA. Despite the fact that Mora was met with a ton of opposition during his hiring, and despite Neuheisel’s rough firing this past fall, the two men were amicable and joking around. You can tell Rick felt everything was a little surreal by the way he spoke to Mora. When you talk to your successor at your beloved university, which you would gladly spill blood, sweat and tears for, things are bound to get a little emotional.

But Rick did not cry and Mora said the right things. No awkward TV moment, no hard feelings. While we all desperately wanted Rick Neuheisel to succeed when he was hired, and while we all begged for anyone else but Jim Mora to replace Rick, we can see the level of professionalism oozing through the YouTubez.

And that, ladies and gents, is what it means to be a Bruin.


National Signing Day is here! Keep up to date on this thread

Ah, February 1. The day college football fans across the country have to endure gut-wrenching, eye-gauging, sweat-till-your-head-itches misery at the hands of kids who aren’t even legally allowed to buy a cigarette (not that we’d want them to).

National Signing Day. The day that 17-year olds get to hold their own version of The Decision. Where all eyes are on them, and they can make or break (supposedly) a college football program.

Well, because I cover UCLA athletics, I think it’s only fair that I cover this, too, as it relates to UCLA. There are quite a few offers we’ve made to prospects who are either not committed to a school just yet, or to those who have had soft commitments to other, less awesome universities. Whatever it is, I’ll be around these parts starting now (yes, I know — it’s only 9 p.m.) all the way through National Signing Day 2012. (How’s that for SEO, Google?)

After I receive some news about a recruit, I will post an update on this┬áblog post so you can see who it is we have signed. There figures to be some movement the evening before, but we’ll see what happens.

And as I wrote this blog post, we have an apparent commit. So let’s take a look to see how these things will shape up:

UPDATE: WR Kenny Walker has committed to UCLA, will sign tomorrow

Kenny Walker highlights, ladies and germs:

While those highlights are nice, it’s important to note that the context of this signing almost negates the fact that he’s a 3-star wide-out. Up until now, we hadn’t gotten as good of a commitment at WR for the class of 2012, and now that there will be future targets for either T.J. Millweard, Brett Hundley or Devin Fuller to throw to, we can breathe, but not too much — it’s still just one wide-receiver.