Unfortunately, the private life of a major college football coach has once again become laid bare for public consumption.
In a statement released Friday, the agent for UCLA head coach Jim Mora, Jimmy Sexton, released a statement confirming that his client and his wife, Shannon, have decided to separate. The couple have been married for more than 30 years, and have four children — one daughter and three sons.
“After much thought and careful consideration, Jim and Shannon Mora have decided to separate,” the statement from Sexton began. “This was a very difficult decision and they appreciate the respect for their family’s privacy at this time.”
The 54-year-old Mora will be entering his fifth season as the head coach of the Bruins. Earlier this month, UCLA announced that Mora, 37-16 in his first four seasons with the Bruins, had reached an agreement on a two-year contract extension with the university.
There was no specific word on whether any type of raise was involved in the new agreement, which keeps Mora signed through the 2021 season.
The long, strange journey of Jake Raulerson has apparently come to an end, but not before one final little twist.
After it was announced in January that the Texas graduate transfer would be moving on to UCLA, it was reported earlier this month that he wouldn’t be a Bruin after all as he wasn’t admitted into his two preferred graduate programs at that school. Subsequent to that, Raulerson posted on Twitter that he had been accepted into SMU’s business program, leading most to assume that the Mustangs would be his new home.
What’s that saying about the word assume? Again on his Twitter account, Raulerson revealed Wednesday that he has been accepted into Arkansas’ business school, seemingly confirming that SMU now had some competition for his services both academically and athletically.
Less than a day after that posting, Raulerson took to the same social media site Thursday to announce that he will be finishing (presumably) his collegiate career with the Razorbacks.
The acceptance letter and decision to transfer to the Hogs came after an extended visit to Fayetteville by the offensive lineman last week. Along with UA and SMU, North Carolina had also been believed to be a potential landing spot.
Raulerson started five games in 2014 (four at center, one at guard), then played in eight games this past season. Exiting the 2015 regular season, Patterson was viewed as the favorite to win the starting center job for the Longhorns in 2016.
Not only will Raulerson be eligible to play immediately at Arkansas, but he will be eligible to play in 2017 as well.
As it turns out, Texas A&M’s loss will be a Big Ten school’s gain. Probably. Maybe.
In early May, 2017 five-star quarterback Tate Martell announced that he had decided to decommit from A&M and reopen his recruitment. That triggered a very public hissy fit from one of A&M’s assistant coaches, which also triggered both a backlash from other recruits and public rebuke from head coach Kevin Sumlin.
Exactly a week ago today, the Las Vegas Bishop Gorman product announced a new Top Five: Ohio State, Cal, USC, Colorado, UCLA. Seven days later, Martell announced a new commitment from that group.
The 5-11, 203-pound Martell is rated as the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback in the country by 247Sports.com and is the No. 33 player overall on that recruiting website’s composite board.
Usually when a player announces his intention to transfer as a graduate student to another institution, that’s the last we hear of it. The player leaves his undergraduate university, enrolls at his new school and that, as they say, is that.
But there is an entire field of hurdles that must be cleared for a player to switch schools, and it appears Jake Raulerson got snagged on one of them.
According to a report from Bruin Report Online, Raulerson, who announced this winter he would leave Texas for UCLA, did not gain admittance to his two preferred graduate programs — the MBA and Masters in Applied Economics programs. He was accepted into UCLA’s Masters of Education program but, according to the report, has chosen to go in another direction.
A part-time starter at center during his time at Texas, Raulerson was admitted to graduate programs at Stanford, Michigan and North Carolina, but chose UCLA and its inviting depth chart instead. With the Cardinal, Wolverines and Tar Heels now full, BRO reports Raulerson is likely to enroll in the MBA program at SMU.
4 p.m. ET Update: Raulerson has all but confirmed he will enroll at SMU.
More than once on the most recent spinning of the NFL’s coaching carousel, Jim Mora‘s name was mentioned as a potential fit at the professional level. A few months later, coincidentally or not, the UCLA head coach has pulled in a shiny new tweak to his contract.
Tuesday afternoon, athletic director Dan Guerrero announced that Mora has reached an agreement on a two-year contract extension with the university. Mora is now signed through the 2021 season.
There was no specific word on whether any type of raise was involved in the new agreement. Mora’s total compensation of $3.35 million in 2015 was second in the Pac-12 behind Washington’s Chris Petersen‘s $3.402 million.
In Mora’s first four seasons at UCLA, the Bruins have gone 37-16. The 37 wins ties the school record for a four-year span.
Additionally, the Bruins’ 10 wins in each of the 2013 and 2014 seasons tied the school record for most wins in a season.
Of course, the Bruins are also a pedestrian 23-13 in Pac-12 play in Mora’s time and have yet to win a conference championship. They did, though, win the South division title in his first season with the football program in 2012, so there’s that.