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Jim Mora signs extension with UCLA through 2019

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At about the same time Tuesday that former Washington coach Steve Sarkisian was having his first press conference as USC head coach, UCLA squelched rumors that its coach, Jim Mora, would replace Sarkisian in Seattle by announcing that he was signed to a six-year contract extension through the year 2019.

Mora played and coached at Washington in the early 1980s and at one time was quoted as saying that coaching the Huskies would be his dream job.

But UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero stepped up to the plate, promising Mora that he’d also increase assistant coach pay and improve the program’s infrastructure.

“Jim Mora has established himself as one of the preeminent coaches in all of college football,” said Guerrero. “Under his guidance, UCLA football has garnered national recognition for its success on the field, in the classroom and in the community. We are excited about the commitment Jim has made to our student-athletes and this University and feel this extension further demonstrates UCLA’s commitment to building a championship-caliber football program.”

Mora has guided the Bruins to the program’s first back-to-back nine-win seasons since 1997-1998. His most recent team is filled with talented freshman and could be the Pac-12 favorite in 2014 if quarterback Brett Hundley decides to return.

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10 Responses to “Jim Mora signs extension with UCLA through 2019”
  1. farvite says: Dec 3, 2013 6:06 PM

    Gary.Pinkel

  2. realfootballfan says: Dec 3, 2013 6:31 PM

    I’m surprised by this development. I thought he would have moved onto UW just because as of right now, it’s a better job with what they’ve done recently to upgrade facilities and building the new stadium coupled with his ties to the area. Gary Pinkel would have been a possibility, but he just happens to be right in the mix for a national championship shot if cards fall the right way this weekend, so that’ snot happening either.

  3. Deb says: Dec 3, 2013 6:31 PM

    Bless his heart! I take it he didn’t announce today that Washington is his dream job and he’d leave the Bruins if given the chance to coach the Huskies. Live and learn :)

  4. stoptrippn says: Dec 3, 2013 6:44 PM

    He doesn’t like being anywhere near the lying coach of the decade. Pete Carroll

  5. ratsfoiledagain says: Dec 3, 2013 6:49 PM

    Well, if it’s true that UW was his dream job, he’ll never coach there. This was probably his best opportunity at the HC job.

  6. sportsguy3434 says: Dec 3, 2013 6:55 PM

    Pat Hayden needs all kinds of thank you cards from coaches for all of these extensions and raises- Art Briles, Sumlin, Mora, and maybe others. Now that the USC saga is over we wait for a possible/ probable Texas opening.

    Just in case anyone missed it, Pinkel is playing for a SEC championship and has Mizzu in the top 5. The SEC east is down, but he would be crazy to leave.

  7. stevephoenix says: Dec 3, 2013 7:06 PM

    NOW can we put the “Mora’s coming back! It’s his dream job…” crap to rest, fellow UW fans?

    Like he would leave UCLA for little UW. I guess it was not his dream job after all little Dogs.

  8. Deb says: Dec 3, 2013 7:11 PM

    @stevephoenix …

    It may still be his dream job. But after he was fired from the Falcons for saying so, he’s probably not willing to trade another bird in the hand for a job no one has offered.

  9. ratsfoiledagain says: Dec 4, 2013 11:01 AM

    sportsguy3434 says:
    Dec 3, 2013 6:55 PM

    Pat Hayden needs all kinds of thank you cards from coaches for all of these extensions and raises- Art Briles, Sumlin, Mora, and maybe others. Now that the USC saga is over we wait for a possible/ probable Texas opening.

    Just in case anyone missed it, Pinkel is playing for a SEC championship and has Mizzu in the top 5. The SEC east is down, but he would be crazy to leave.
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    Pinkel is 61. He’s not leaving to start over again. He’s got a good gig at Missouri. He can stay there as long as he wants to.

  10. ratsfoiledagain says: Dec 4, 2013 11:06 AM

    stevephoenix says:
    Dec 3, 2013 7:06 PM

    NOW can we put the “Mora’s coming back! It’s his dream job…” crap to rest, fellow UW fans?

    Like he would leave UCLA for little UW. I guess it was not his dream job after all little Dogs.
    *************
    A six year extension and a good raise, for him and his staff, may have had something to do with him sticking around.

    He also got something he wanted, an upgrade to facilities. At least a promise to do so from the AD.

    But, like I said before, he’ll never coach at UW. This was probably his best opportunity.

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