New UConn Coach Jim Mora, Jr. Realizes They Are The Warmup Game For Utah State
Huskies are in a world of hurt, possibly
Former UCLA coach is shocked!
Utah State opens up its season by taking on Connecticut at home in a Week 0 matchup at Maverick Stadium. These two teams are completely on the opposite sides of the spectrum.
The Aggies are coming off of an 11-3 season which included a Mountain West title. Whereas UConn has a new head coach in the former UCLA lead man Jim Mora, Jr., after Randy Edsall abruptly stepped down last year just two weeks into the season.
The Huskies brought in a notable name in Mora who in addition to coaching the Bruins from 2012-17 was the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks.
Getting any sort of brand name coach to Storrs is a victory in itself. Mora is finally realizing what it means to be the head coach of UConn. In his time at UCLA they would ease into their season with a winnable non-conference game. Or in the NFL preseason games to get to know his team.
When discussing the opener vs. Utah State, Mora came to the notion that this game vs. the Aggies would be a tough one and his team was the tune up game as he noticed his team was nearly a four-touchdown underdog.
“I’ve never been a 27-point underdog in my life,” Mora said, “and I’m not real happy about it. And then I realized, you know what, we’re their warmup game,” he said. “So they’re looking at us as just kind of fodder.”
Yes, coach. The Huskies of UConn are Utah State’s warm-up game before they go on the road to face Alabama. In fact, nearly every game on the schedule for Connecticut will be a tune-up or warm up type of game for the opponent.
Mora had to of known the state of UConn football before he agreed to take the job. Perhaps he can turn around this Huskies program and get them to respectability sooner than later but the 2022 season is likely not the year for that to happen.