UCLA’s Jim Mora agrees to six-year extension

Jim Mora has agreed to a six-year extension with UCLA, the school announced today, ending nearly two days of speculation that he would bolt for Washington.

CBS Sports’ Bruce Feldman first reported that Mora would stay.

Steve Sarkisian’s departure for USC had left the Huskies’ top spot open, giving Mora a chance to return to his alma mater and take what he had once called his “dream job.”

Practicality overwhelmed sentiment, however, and the 52-year-old opted to stay with the program he has touted as a budding national contender. The extension will keep him through the 2019 season.

Mora originally signed a five-year, $11.2 million contract in December 2011. In January, he signed a one-year, $2.5 million extension through 2017 after receiving interest from Tennessee, Auburn and the San Diego Chargers.

Had he terminated his contract before Jan. 16, 2014, he would have owed the Bruins a $2.5 million buyout.

Erroneous reports Monday night placed in Mora in Seattle — perhaps stemming from the fact that his father, Jim E. Mora, was in town for the New Orleans Saints’ visit to the Seahawks. The younger Mora was recruiting in Northern California.

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  • Bruin 34

    Thank you Jesus! Sorry SUC!

  • BruinInSeattle

    there we go.

    • UCLA Owns the Rose Bowl

      BruininSeattle, we were about to deputize you to head on over to the Husky Athletic Complex to do a stake out for any Mora sightings!

      • BruinInSeattle

        oh man…people are DESPERATE for Mora to coach here. It’s palpable. But I think the only thing that gives credence to that happening is fear from Bruin fans that it might. Mora would be crazy to leave UCLA for UW.

  • anno nimus

    Bwahahahahaha IN YO FACE!!!! CONDOMS!!!!!

    35-14

    • drakejr

      We now resume our previously scheduled program: mocking USC’s terrible hire.

      • HeySUCs

        I love it.

    • OCBrewin

      Great week to be a Bruin, SUC hires maybe the 5th best Coach in the pac-12, UCLA dominates the trogies in the collie, and Team Mora secures 6 more years in westwood…thanks Pat!

  • commentar

    Timing is everything in the media isn’t it? Oregon and UCLA upstaging the Sark announcement.

    • drakejr

      Upstaging Sark isn’t hard. They opened a Quiznos near USC today and people were more excited.

      • commentar

        Yes but I mean it was sweeter b/c he was holding his conference with Haden at the time.

        “I’d like to thank AD Haden for the oppor-”
        “HEY GUYS! MORA AND MARIOTA ARE STAYING!!”

        • bruinray97

          There is no doubt in my mind that the announcement for Mora’s extension was purposely scheduled at the same time that the SC conference was in progress. Genius.

          • http://amillennialist.blogspot.com Santiago Matamoros

            (It’s easy to see who owns L.A.)

      • facescar

        Dude, that Quiznos though.

        • EncinitasBruin

          Toasted is the bomb.

      • bruinray97

        LMAO!

  • http://amillennialist.blogspot.com Santiago Matamoros

    “Practicality overwhelmed sentiment”?

    Whoever wrote that hasn’t been paying attention. Mora has a lot of “sentiment” for his players and what they’re building together.

  • EncinitasBruin

    The irony here is that by hiring Sarkisian, Haden set off a chain reaction that hurts USC:
    1. Whiffed on the elite coaching options, Haden settles for the safe choice in Sark.
    2. Sark leaves UW, opening up Mora’s so-called “dream job.”
    3. Guerrero snaps into action and sweetens the deal for Mora and his assistants (we assume) to keep him at UCLA
    4. By hiring Sarkisian, Haden helps secure Bruin football with Mora at the helm, and (possibly) increases the chances of Hundley sticking around for his junior year.

    It’s a great day for Bruins everywhere.

    • drakejr

      It also led to a 24 hour new cycle of how hot a coach Mora was, contrasted with the zero interest in Sark.

    • FIGHTONtoVICTORY

      I’m not trying to troll here, but don’t you guys think this is an overreaction? Mora has led the bruins to two relatively mediocre seasons with no real signature wins besides USC, yet you extend his contract 6 years and millions more $$ when you can’t even afford to update your facilities? USC just fired their coach after finishing a season with 9 wins (maybe 10). Is your AD really as dumb as you guys make him out to be? And how did this directly “hurt” USC, besides if Sark isn’t a good coach? (judgement will be made when he actually coaches a game at USC)

      • HeySUCs

        Ever so respectful on the Bruin blog. This is not SUContoLose usual Bruin rant.

        • FIGHTONtoVICTORY

          Hey! It’s the racist troll! I didn’t know you paid attention to ucla athletics, I thought you lived on the USC blog!

          • HeySUCs

            Yawn.

      • EncinitasBruin

        A fair question… If you were a UCLA season ticket holder–as many of us here are–and had spent the better part of a dozen years suffering through Dorrell and Neuheisel, you’d realize this isn’t an overreaction. I think it hurts SC because Sark’s vacating of the UW job helped Mora leverage more money for his assistants, and helped keep him in Westwood. (Granted, if UW hadn’t come courting, some other program would have, just like last year when Mora was able to leverage Auburn’s overture for more $$.) 18-8 and on the verge of our first 10-win season in a while is a good start.

      • commentar

        What’s the other choice? Let Mora walk and go to Huskies? Start that horrific coaching search we got LUCKY from two years ago? His terms were reasonable and benefit the UCLA football program. More $$ for coaching positions and more commitment to the football facility. It’s not just good for Mora, but for any UCLA coach in the future to know what our HC position is worth since the ceiling of spending has been raised.

      • Idaho88

        I see some posts that look a little over the top but that can be expected in light of the past 10+ years of just not being very good…I also think there are some very good wins the past two seasons. It depends what you call a signature win I guess…beating Nebraska twice including one on the road are good wins, even with Nebraska not being as good as most fans have become accustomed to and beating SC is always big. If you look at what Mora has done in his 2 years it is very positive, he really has changed the culture and the perception of UCLA football… In terms of this hurting USC, I guess it can only hurt them if Mora keeps beating them. I think Sark is a great hire and we could see the USC v UCLA game return to having NC implications…That will take a lot of work, the pac 12 is loaded right now and may get better…As far as the AD goes, I try not to be a hater but it appears to me he is in over his head…

        • http://amillennialist.blogspot.com Santiago Matamoros

          Both years, Nebraska declined after UCLA beat them.

          Could be coincidence — they are early season games — or it could be like Saturday’s game against ‘SC; the Bruins crushed their spirits.

      • 92104bruinfan

        Understand that it is almost impossible to go undefeated in a competitive Pac 12 conference with 9 conference games. Stanford and Oregon are both top 10 teams yet have 2 conference losses each. ASU is a top 15 team and a choke job against ND away from being 11-1. SC proved itself to a be a legit top 25 caliber team living up to its preseason ranking after Kiffen was gone despite efforts by SC fans to downplay that. 9-3 is not mediocre in this day and age in the Pac which is MUCH improved top to bottom since SC won numerous conference titles last decade. You can have a great team, great coach, and STILL need just about everything to break right to go undefeated or have only 1 defeat if you are a member of a top tier conference such as the Pac. Go Bruins!

      • http://amillennialist.blogspot.com Santiago Matamoros

        The same semantic gymnastics as at Inside USC?

        Haden helped UCLA by strengthening Mora’s ties here. If Haden hadn’t opened up the UW job, then Guerrero wouldn’t have given Mora more money and job security to stay.

        And USC’s nine wins are very different from UCLA’s; Kiffin was destroying your program. Mora is elevating ours.

  • kiriba08

    Would love to hear the details…hopefully the staff got big time raises out of this! I mean Mora is a big time HC, but the staff is where it gets done.

    • commentar

      LA Times reports that they will after promises of money for staff and infrastructure

      • kiriba08

        any numbers given with that LAT report?

        • commentar

          LAT just says promises. Probably too early to say and contingent on a couple goals. A bowl win would be nice. Also a defeated SUC for 3 years in a row would do.

  • Bruin 34

    Man! This reminds me of when UCLA hired Dorrell to take on “cheat” Carroll. We might win 8 in a row again! I think Hundley stays. Too bad Mariotta is staying 1 more year. I love Haden!

  • commentar

    Mora’s going to make a habit of defeating all of Pete Carroll’s Cronies.
    Kiffin? Check
    Orgeron? Check
    Sark? (Checking in 2014)

    • EncinitasBruin

      Excellent insight!

    • drakejr

      umm check 41-31

      • commentar

        oh right. but it’s better when they’re wearing mustard and ketchup

    • ProbationU

      He already beat Sark this year at the Rose Bowl.

  • ProbationU

    What happened to the Crapper and the Blow?

    • EncinitasBruin

      Blow Crapper are one in the same. He had to change his pull-up before heading off for naptime, I believe.

      • Joe Blow

        Mora is a loser. He probably got Hundley to stay another year, then he will bolt. You guys are foolish. Mora has done nothing special and my bet is ucla loses in the bowl game. He played you like a fiddle. Please, don’t try to tell me bearing a lousy SC team is an accomplishment. Can’t wait for Sark to kick your A _ _.

        • Marc

          Mora > Sarkiffin, and you know that.

          Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

        • UCLA Owns the Rose Bowl

          You’re speaking the words, but we call tell your heart’s not in it. Poor Joey. Time for bathy and then “Good Night, Moon” before diaper change and nigh-nigh.

        • EncinitasBruin

          I believe they’ve already met: Mora beat Sark THIS year. See you in our house next November for the three-peat…Clappy Joe.

          • Joe Blow

            Mora has done a great job bearing inferior teams.

          • ProbationU

            Like Washington and SC

          • UCLA Owns the Rose Bowl

            …like SC and Sarkisian’s Huskies. You walked right into that one, Joey.

          • Joe Blow

            No I didn’t. That’s what I’ve been saying all along. You had the Heisman, Butkus and COY. SC had inferior talent. That’s no surprise.

          • UCLA Owns the Rose Bowl

            You also said Mora was bolting for UW. Sad little troll. A bleak day for pUSC, for sure…

        • jameskatt

          Nestor, you keep forgetting that UCLA has Asiantii Woulard next in line for Quarterback. Asiantii won the Elite 11 in 2012 – a competition of the nation’s top 25 high school quarterbacks. He is a quicker and sharper version of Hundley.

          There will be no drop-off next year. We will either have a more seasoned Hundley or a better version of Hundley in Asiantii as quarterback. Plus, every defensive and offensive lineman will be much better than this year. All the Freshmen will be much better than this year.

          • Joe Blow

            Seriously, what has ucla football done? What are your signature victories? Nada.

          • HeySUCs

            You’re right Joey, SUC was way too easy to bend over.

          • Joe Blow

            You CAN’T name ONE, can you?

          • Toejam For Life

            What has 7-win Sarkiffen done other than almost get fired every year? Plus 1 of the 7 wins was against the powerhouse Idaho!

          • Joe Blow

            That not the question. What has ucla football done? Nada

        • HeySUCs

          Joey has Sark hired you to spin his sign yet?

          • Joe Blow

            No but your wife hired me to give her another spin. She does smell and isn’t very good.

          • HeySUCs

            Yawn x two.

          • Joe Blow

            That’s what she does when she’s with you.

  • disqus_9O1vSTuIcw

    Good for UCLA. Mora staying increases the chance of Hundley staying and also helps build a foundation for competing in the pac for a few years…if he can get the AD to pay his assistants so they stick around for a while and if he can continue to upgrade the facilities it could be for more than a few years. I also think that Sark is going to be good at USC, I see him as an elite coach with a huge upside. Maybe we get back to the days of the SC/UCLA game having an impact on the nation wide scene…

  • bruinray97

    That’s it, I’m leaving work early to celebrate the good news. GO BRUINS!

  • http://amillennialist.blogspot.com Santiago Matamoros

    Article title and post updated; this just keeps getting better!

  • Marc

    Gee, and joeblow and crapper thought they were being clever…

    Like cornered prey that knows it’s time is limited, they are a bit cagy. U$C is toast. Coach Mora is going to continue to run L.A. and coach Sarkiffin is going to pick up the scraps.

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

    • Joe Blow

      According to Rivals, ucla is ranked #51, with Mighty Mora and SC is ranked #53 WITHOUTa coach.

      Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha. What a joke of a program.

      • Marc

        Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

        • commentar

          He must be talking about the joke of a program of USC right now.

          • Joe Blow

            So you’re happy at #51? No wonder you haven’t won a NC since ’54.

          • ProbationU

            It’s not where you start but where you finish that matters. You know, like starting off ranked #1 and ending up unranked.

          • Bruin 34

            Neither have you schleprock! If you actually knew any history at all you would know that the NCAA have never recognized any team as winning a National Championship cause it had never been won via a playoff. So those 12 titles you claim? Null and void! So…………….again. What has SUC done? Goodnight night now buffoon! Rack em’ Ha Ha!

          • Joe Blow

            Yawn. You’d give your left nut for ONE

          • Bruin 34

            Zzzzzzzzzz……..
            ….

          • Joe Blow

            You’re out to lunch. Will not be responding to you again. You’re as smart as PU. Bye bye.

          • Bruin 34

            Zzzzzzzzzz…………yawn………Zzzzzzzzz………..Sarkisian…………yawn. Nap time.

          • http://amillennialist.blogspot.com Santiago Matamoros

            +1

      • jameskatt

        You are so funny, Nestor! Rivals ranks schools by their recruitments. Is it already April Fool’s Day?

        UCLA is ranked #51 for 2014. But UCLA hasn’t even started recruiting in earnest yet. You have to wait until the summer of 2014 to determine how well UCLA’s coaches did in recruiting.

        For 2013, UCLA ended up #8 in the nation in recruiting. This was Jim Mora’s first time recruiting full time.

        For 2012, UCLA ended up #12 in the nation in recruiting. This was with Jim Mora and the coaching staff scrambling for players since they just got the job. Neuheisel did the bulk of the recruiting for 2012.

        With UCLA’s recent successes with Jim Mora, perhaps they will rank even higher in 2014 in recruiting.

        • Joe Blow

          Yap yap yap. We’ll see. Name something ucla football has done. Beating a lousy SC team? Ha.

          • HeySUCs

            Easy, EO got a knife in the back because of the Bruins and we didn’t lose to Washington State.

          • Joe Blow

            Those ars your accomplishments?

            Horrible program.

          • BruinInSeattle

            thats just the start.

          • Joe Blow

            Snore

  • Bruin 34

    A serious commitment to football?? Wow! I’m beyond excited! Haven’t been this excited since Cade and Toledo! Not sure how to feel. Wasn’t sure I’d see the day after the heartache of 98′ and 01′ and 05′. Mora’s teams tackle better than any team we’ve had “besides a few with Walker who I loved” and they ball out for Mora! Can’t wait to go on this amazing ride for years to come with my fellow Bruin fans. Bruin F’ing #revolution!!!!!

    • HeySUCs

      The defense was real hot when Rocky Long was DC. Rocky called a lot of nine man avalanches.

      • Bruin 34

        Yup! Losing Rocky Long in 97′ cost us the national championship in 98′ with sorry Aliotti!

  • kiriba08

    Mora staying is good to hear. What I’m really wondering about is what amount of salary bump the key staff got…that is where the money should go…as I’m sure Jim would agree.

    I mean Mora is a good leader, but the staff (Mazzone, Klemm, et al) recruits well and also coaches very well.

    They (the coaches) have a great young group that should be very good going forward.

  • Mark

    I said the same thing when Savage was extended: this deal needs to hold weight. Six years means six years. UCLA can’t be upping the ante every season as other universities come calling.

  • kiriba08

    I guess you could say it’s a good time to be a succesfull HC in a top conference.

    But as we all know, football is the big money sport for nearly all universities, so it’s only right that the schools have to pay up for that.

    Private schools have had a big advantage in that regard, but I think the public schools are getting the message.

    • http://amillennialist.blogspot.com Santiago Matamoros

      (The television money’s made the difference.)

  • EncinitasBruin

    What is now happening with UCLA is what my SC relatives have feared for years: the opening of the pocketbook. They’ve always said that as long as UCLA is unwilling to pay elite prices for coaching and 5-star facilities, the top recruits will continue to choose schools like SC. Both are now in play for the Bruins…this will have lasting effects even if Mora were to bolt in the next year or two–it’s a significant paradigm shift for UCLA.

    • http://amillennialist.blogspot.com Santiago Matamoros

      (But I hope he stays.)

  • OCBrewin

    Dan Guerrero for PRESIDENT!!! Way to go UCLA!!! Mora is exactly who he said he was…INTEGRITY MATTERS HERE!!! #WeOwnLA

    • BruinInSeattle

      whoa there…slow down on the GrrrError nonsense…he still lost Nikki Caldwell and saddled us with Dorrell and Neuheisel for ten years.

      • OCBrewin

        just trying to give the man props…keeping Mora and upgrading the program deserves some kudos. He’s done better than the idiot in South Central.. fo’shizzymanizzy

  • bruinbiochem06

    “USC could care less if Mora stays at UCLA”- Joe Blow
    Lol

    • Jacob Ramir

      It’s the only reason they took Sark. Haden hoped Mora would bolt for UW and it backfired big time! Condoms guys are going to sark it! Lol

  • Joe Blow

    Mora played ucla like a fiddle. It’s hilarious. How foolish can a state school be? Even Cal isn’t that dumb.

    • Marc

      Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

      • Joe Blow

        Agree, it’s funny how he fooled the ucla AD.

        • Marc

          Why you mad bro?

          • https://www.facebook.com/charles.bucket.3 Charlie Bucket

            blow is a joke. he was on here celebrating when he thought Mora was leaving and now he says he’s a bum. what a pusssy!

            on wolf’s blog he has gotten caught in a number of lies, for example, he claimed to live in a mansion in Newport Beach, which is not so amazing, but then he slipped up and claimed to live in a mansion in Manhattan Beach!!! he also claims to own a yacht!! Elmer Fudd anyone?

            one fellow Bruin has tracked his actual whereabouts to Upland which as far as i know is an average city in the IE, but it DOES explains why blow also bashes the IE!! his credibility is shot on wolf’s blog, which is why he is over here all the time now, even the trOXans laugh at him!!.

        • commentar

          Blow, you can’t be happy with your AD Haden. Sark was going to take the job no matter what. How could Haden hand it to him so fast?? Sumlin is out but there were others.

          • Joe Blow

            Name ‘em. Sumlin is nothing. Peterson is a great coach for pop warner. Franklin has done zip. Quite frankly, this is the best move Patty Boy has made yet.

        • Jacob Ramir

          What’s funny is AD PH playing suc fans. The only reason he took Sark is cause Haden “knew” Mora would bolt for UW and it backfired big time! Everything Haden is doing since the 35-14 is backfiring. The look on his face was likely priceless when we dropped the news of Mora’s extension :-) :-) :-)

          • Joe Blow

            No it’s not. You foolish people and still drinking Kool Aid. Who did you beat that was worth a darn?

    • bruinbiochem06

      Wow, that was a pathetic attempt to try to spin it.
      New low for Joe Blow.
      Lol

      • Joe Blow

        Truth hurts.

        • bruinbiochem06

          I’m sorry you’re hurting. It must be difficult to accept that your program made a mediocre hire in Sarkisian and your cross town rival just extended the contract of their great coach.
          Now Sarkisian can lose to Mora on a yearly basis.
          No, but seriously, I’m very grateful SUC hired Sarkisian so that Udub could go after Mora thus giving him leverage to negotiate pay bumps to keep our stellar coaching staff intact. Thanks a lot.

          • Joe Blow

            Please name ucla football’s accomplishments.

          • bruinbiochem06

            Please explain YOUR obsession with UCLA football.

          • LTEfan

            Were any of these now major football schools historically great or even good in football: Oregon, Stanford, Missouri, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, South Carolina, Arizona State? Past does not always equal present or future. Stay tuned, JB, we don’t yet know how good UCLA will be.

          • Joe Blow

            Same old line since 1954. Dream On.

      • HeySUCs

        You didn’t know? Joey gets $.50Hr as SUC’s official trash talk sign spinner.

    • anno nimus

      Job Blow, you’re an idiot! How much did Suc pay Kiffin? 4.5 million? How much will they pay Sark? The same? Getting Mora for 3million is a bargain!

      • Joe Blow

        Mora is a putz. But at least we can AFFORD any amount we want. Toyota On!

        • LTEfan

          And you were predicting and praying that Mora would leave UCLA….must be because he is a putz of a coach

          • Joe Blow

            Could care less

          • LTEfan

            Read your own posts, JB, thee doth protest too much.

          • Joe Blow

            Just the facts.

          • BruinInSeattle

            your incessant posting betrays that statement

          • Joe Blow

            Put some clothes on underneath your rain coat.

          • BruinInSeattle

            um…okay?

          • Joe Blow

            put some clothes on underneath your raincoat.

        • Idaho

          Yeah, we have seen what USC can buy…so did the NCAA and thats why USC is a 9-3 team in the middle of the pac 12…

          • Joe Blow

            Yep, we saw what that dirty filthy Woodie did with Papa Sam and thought we could do the same.

            Idaho? What a laugh.

          • Idaho

            Did he make you call him Papa??

          • Joe Blow

            Nope, but Woodie had to call him that. And Nellie Belle gave him all the love she could bring. Ouch.

          • http://amillennialist.blogspot.com Santiago Matamoros

            That’s beyond the pale.

          • Joe Blow

            That’s what Papa said.

    • LTEfan

      At the time of his firing, Tedford was making more than Mora is now on an average annual value basis (i.e., total contract dollars divided per season). Apparently, Cal is that dumb. Mora is still making below his fair market value. UCLA got a good deal.

      • Joe Blow

        Such a deal!

  • Mark

    Jack, you should go dig up all the comments and articles complaining about Jim Mora. Names need to be named! Where are those whiners no?

    Same thing for the Guerrero haters. Obviously struck gold with Mora, and we’re well on our way with Alford.

    • BruinInSeattle

      agree about the Mora haters…not so much about GrrrError, who lucked into this hire (as did Garrett with Carrol) but the jury is still out on Alford. His past character issues are still a hard pill to swallow.

  • anno nimus

    Have you all heard the latest rumor? Kennedy Palumalo is being hotly pursued by UCLA to take over the vacant RB coach position. SUCsters are rushing to CVS to buy extra large Depends. LMFAO

  • Mark

    Usc’s problem is that they have no players worth talking about. Ucla has all the big names, like Hundley and Barr. And then Myles Jack basically comes out of nowhere as a freshman. SC used to have those kinds of guys back in the heyday. If Sark can’t get them back then they aren’t going anywhere.

    • HeySUCs

      SUC’s got M. Lee, a sure 5th round draft choice.

  • Bruin 34

    UCLA just hired ex USC ace recruiter Rb coach Kennedy Polamolu! Wow! Boom!