Not a big surprise, but for the few people worried that Jim Mora might bolt for greener pastures, he reportedly turned down a couple of SEC interviews. From FOX Sports:
Two Southeastern Conference schools — Auburn and Tennessee — solicited Mora for their head-coaching vacancies, FOXSports.com has learned. Mora declined interviews with both, the source said, because he believes UCLA is committed to providing the resources needed to help him build a national champion.
After over two decades coaching in the NFL, Mora has said often that he’s found a comfort zone at both the college level and at UCLA. He feels like a father figure to the team — getting particularly heated after the fake Randall Goforth Twitter incident — and it would have been shocking if he left the Bruins so soon.
The first-year coach is also one of 10 FBS finalists for the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year. You can vote once a day through Dec. 20. As of this writing, he is in second place with 566 votes, behind Penn State’s Bill O’Brien (1,928).