UCLA's Mora creates USC stir, shrugs it off

UCLA coach Jim Mora created a stir with a controversial comment about campus safety during an interview Wednesday, and on Thursday he denied it was a dig at rival USC.

Asked how he sold UCLA to recruits, Mora said: "When you're talking about UCLA, it's one of the great schools in the world — not just America, but in the world. It's a safe, beautiful campus in a great area of town. I mean, we don't have murders one block off our campus."

In April, two USC students were killed near campus. Mora said Thursday that his comment had nothing to do with USC or any other school: "I didn't say anything about anyone else's campus. I just said it about our campus. We don't have anybody getting murdered a block off of our campus. If anybody, whether USC or Cal State San Bernardino, is offended … then that's their insecurity, not mine."

Tearful Petrino asks himself: Why?

Bobby Petrino regrets the affair that led to his April firing, and the former Arkansas coach said he hopes to return to the sideline.

Petrino, speaking publicly for the first time since his firing, teared up as he acknowledged to ESPN an affair with former staffer Jessica Dorrell and said he is in counseling with his wife, Becky. He was fired April 10 for misleading behavior after a motorcycle accident. Petrino, 51, initially said he was the only passenger but later admitted to Dorrell's presence and that he had given her $20,000 in gifts.

"How could I put what we had in jeopardy?" he said. "This is what I wake up early every morning thinking about, what I lay in bed thinking about. Why? I just don't understand how I could do it. You put energy into the people that love you, that count on you."

Alabama: Freshman Chris Black, the nation's No. 2 receiver prospect according to ESPNU, will have shoulder surgery and miss 3-4 months.

Penn state: The board of trustees will meet this weekend to consider ratifying a consent decree with the NCAA that imposed penalties for how the university handled the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal. Board chairwoman Karen Peetz told fellow trustees in an email there was confusion about how the school accepted the sanctions and whether it was the best course, but "it is now time to put this matter to rest and to move on." … Tight end Dakota Royer has become the 10th scholarship player to leave the team in the past two weeks, but the sophomore is the first to remain enrolled and plans to earn his degree.

UCLA's Mora creates USC stir, shrugs it off 08/09/12 [Last modified: Friday, August 10, 2012 12:56am]

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