About the loss, sure, but what he mostly expressed anger about were two games UCLA had yet to play — at
"It doesn't get any easier for us," Mora said. "Now we have two Thursday night games. It's unbelievable that we're forcing them to miss six days of class with two Thursday night games. … I think it's a real injustice for our young men."
There's injustice in college football — really?
Mora has a legitimate point about what television and money are making our kids do on school nights.
Part of the
It is no surprise that every hardship seems to fall on the players. UCLA linebacker Myles Jack decided to declare for the NFL draft. Mora disagreed with the decision, calling it "a risky one."
Yet, everything a college player does is a risk. Was it fair that Jack has his knee blown out during a weekday practice?
What Mora also didn't mention: Through-the-roof television money has led to coaches' doubling, tripling and quadrupling their salaries.
Would he and other Pac-12 coaches be willing to take less money to play in more academic-friendly time slots?
Mora is savvy enough to know the real college game day is constructed not by
"Daddy, why do Alabama and
"Well, son, sit down, this may take awhile …"
The playing field hasn't been level since
The Unfairness Doctrine is rooted in the evilness of geography, pedigree and blind-luck philanthropy.
Why does UCLA's campus have to be so unjustly gorgeous?
Football has always been way more fun than fair.
About 60 of the 128 major-football schools make an exorbitantly disproportional amount of the money.
That started because, for years, the NCAA monopolized television rights.
Then, in the early 1980s, Georgia and
No surprise: Networks were more interested in televising Ohio State vs. Michigan every year than Louisiana Monroe vs. Louisiana Tech any year.
Money flowed to the traditional conferences because that's where the most soap was sold during Rose Bowl broadcasts.
Complaints from have-not conferences have been met with a pretty good comeback line: "You can't legislate tradition." That's the reason
It's hard to remember a single day in college football when justice prevailed.
Private vs. Public: Was it fair that Stanford could build a new stadium, with private funds, in only months? Yet, it took rival California years to sort through bureaucratic red tape within the UC system.
Quarter system vs. semester: Pac-12 teams play games with wildly different grades of academic brain drain. UCLA, which works on the quarter system, can get in three or four games before classes start — a distinct advantage. But then the edge flips the week quarter system players go back to school.
Arizona State, a semester-system school, defeated UCLA last week. "Our guys are back in class," Mora said. "There are a lot of new things happening to them. If you look at our history, we've struggled this week."
Utah and TCU, by the grace of the power conference football gods, are flourishing and, this week, ranked in the top five.
Even in years it goes undefeated, Boise will be hard-pressed to ever compete for the four-team playoff.
Sorry about that…
Was it fair the Atlantic Coast Conference raided the Big East for schools and left it to die?
How did Alabama not win the national title in 1966? Why did undefeated Auburn not even get a chance in 2004? How is it possible that Peyton Manning never won the
If it's justice you want, Jim Mora, you're probably in the wrong profession.