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Jim Mora wants you to vote Aubrey in ‘American Idol’

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We'd bet good money Nick Saban doesn't even know what "American Idol" is. Many coaches are totally cut off from the trivial aspects of society. Too much film to break down. Too much recruiting to do.

And even if a coach did watch "American Idol," he's unlikely to admit it to 13,000 Twitter followers. Not UCLA coach Jim Mora. He's proudly Team Aubrey.

For background, Aubrey Cleland and Charlie Askew had a sing-off to determine who will go on the "American Idol" live tour. A fan vote will determine who wins. We didn't know anything about this. No Simon, no Doc Sat viewership. We didn't know about it, that is, until Mora tweeted about it, seemingly at random.

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While it's funny to imagine UCLA's coach sitting at home picking random "Idol" contestants to vote for after watching the show, there's actually a pretty cool back story to it all. Aubrey is the daughter of Thane Cleland, a former Huskies player. He was the punter from 1983-86 and holds the records for most punts in school history. Mora was an outside linebacker on the 1983 Washington team with Cleland. So it turns out that Mora is doing a favor for his old college teammate, trying to drum up votes for Aubrey so she can keep pursuing her singing dream on the "American Idol" tour. That's a great gesture.

It turns out Aubrey might end up carrying the vote in the football demographic:

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