Mora receives one-year extension through 2017

Those brief flirtations turned out to be meaningless. Jim Mora isn’t going anywhere.

In December, the Bruins’ first-year head coach turned down overtures from Tennessee and Auburn. This week, he was reportedly contacted by the San Diego Chargers, where he first began his career as a quality control coach in 1985.

UCLA acted quickly, giving Mora a one-year extension that keeps him on the books through 2017.

Mora had originally signed a five-year, $11.235 million contract — one that drew mixed reactions from UCLA fans. That changed after he guided the Bruins to their best season since 2005, as well as their second win over USC in 14 years.

“What Jim Mora has accomplished in just one season as our head coach is remarkable,” athletic director Dan Guerrero said in a statement. “The wins, the Pac-12 South Championship, and the bowl berth were accompanied by an equally impressive performance by the team in the classroom and in the community.”

Mora was the first UCLA head coach to debut with nine wins since Terry Donahue did the same in 1976. The 50-year-old will be hard pressed to replicate that total next year, when the Bruins must visit both Stanford and Oregon.

The return of All-American linebacker Anthony Barr, whom many projected as a first-round NFL draft pick, should help that cause.

“First and foremost, I want to thank Dan Guerrero for his commitment to me and my staff, and our shared belief that we are on the road to creating something very special. I believe UCLA will win championships,” Mora said in a statement. “The 2012 team established a foundation which will launch us forward. Our staff, our returning players, our administration, and the entire Bruin community are pulling together in an effort to win championships.

“I am proud of our players for what they are doing in the classroom and on the field, and I am grateful for UCLA’s commitment to achieve excellence.”

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  • FreemanDeComptonBruin

    Congrats to Coach. 1 year extension……? should have been at least 2 years. Dan G., should have immediately fired BH and resigned as AD….. Rick Nue for new A.D.

    • samollie

      My passion bucket is full.

    • Cheap seats

      Exactly.
      DG: “To keep you here, we’ll give you another year at your lousy salary. Lunch is on me….McDonalds.”

      DG should take a pay cut and give the difference to Mora. Either that or have Chianti Dan go to San Bernardino with the team in August.

      • FreemanDeComptonBruin

        the sad irony to this is DG is a UCLA ALUM, yet he seems to be oblivious to the storied athletic traditions of UCLA. He stumbled upon a good coach in Mora and slides him a token year……really? Shame on D.G., Block and the Governing Board for their collective perpetual navigation of our Athletic Department to the abyss.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sakatalaw Cliff Sakata

    Absolutely love Mora and hate Guerrero, unfortunately Mora’s signing makes Guerrero look good.

    • drakejr

      Don’t root against success. If you need to do so,BN is that way over there.

      • FreemanDeComptonBruin

        So U R the law enforcement branch of the blog? D.G. time has expired, no matter what site its posted on. Why R U attempting to defend a impotent, pacifistic who allows advertisement that makes UCLA Athletes look 2nd tier, weak and non competitive?, as he is…

      • UCLA Owns the Rose Bowl

        It’s getting increasingly entertaining to watch BN try to find ways to criticize Howland in the midst of the longest winning streak in the Pac-12 right now. LOL.