The new contract UCLA head coach Jim Mora signed this past December likely made him the Pac-12′s second-highest-paid coach among public schools in the conference, according to a report on Tuesday from the Los Angeles Times.
From the Times:
Mora will earn $21 million over the next six seasons and could receive an additional $930,000 in performance bonuses annually. He will earn $3.25 million in base pay and talent fee for the 2014 season.
UCLA reworked Mora’s contract after Washington reached out to him about its coaching vacancy. He is signed through the 2019 season.
Mora is still a few notches behind Washington’s new coach, Chris Petersen, who will make the Pac-12′s top salary at $3.6 million per year.
Private schools USC and Stanford do not release their salary figures.
The news about Mora’s pay signals that football has finally become a priority for UCLA. The Bruins have long lagged behind other conference schools in coach pay, facilities and other perks normally associated with big time programs.
It’ll be interesting to see if this focus can be maintained and extended beyond Mora’s tenure in Westwood.