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.