WESTWOOD (CBSLA.com) — Football Coach Jim Mora and UCLA have agreed to terms on a six-year contract extension.
Mora’s contract, which was announced by UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero on Tuesday, has been extended through the 2019 season.
“Jim Mora has established himself as one of the preeminent coaches in all of college football,” Guerrero said in a statement. “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.”
Under Mora, the Bruins have taken a Pac-12 South title, earned berths in two consecutive bowl games and tallied back-to-back nine-win seasons for the first time since the 1997-98 season.
“I want to thank Dan Guerrero and Chancellor Gene Block for their tremendous support,” Mora said. “This further commitment the university has made is crucial as we continue in our pursuit of excellence. From day one, our goal has been to win championships, and with our tremendous staff, our incredible student-athletes and our dedicated administration, UCLA will win championships. We’ve only just scratched the surface of our potential, and as a Bruin fan, I’d be chomping at the bit just to see what UCLA football is going to do next.”
Rumors had spread over social media sites on Monday night after it had been alleged that Mora was meeting with University of Washington Athletic Director Scott Woodward in Seattle after USC hired Steve Sarkisian away from the Huskies. Mora, a Washington alumnus, had expressed in the past that being the head coach there — a position that became vacant as of Monday — was his dream job.