UCLA head coach Jim Mora, late in the second half the Bruins’ 42-30 loss to Oregon at the Rose Bowl on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. (Keith Birmingham/Staff)
Earlier this month, Jim Mora signed a contract extension that will keep him at the helm of the UCLA football program through the 2021 season. The terms of the two-year extension, obtained by the Daily News on Thursday, deal mostly with added bonuses and an adjusted scale for buyouts to accommodate the coach’s longer tenure.
Mora can earn up to $1.065 million per year in bonuses, which is an additional $135,000 compared to the extension the head coach signed in 2014. He can now earn $25,000 if UCLA finishes in the top 10 of the AP poll and an additional $25,000 if the Bruins finish in the top 5.
If UCLA excels in the classroom, the contract extension states Mora can earn up to $145,000 in bonuses, based on graduation rates and the NCAA’s academic progress rate. It’s a much larger bonus for academic success than the total $50,000 offered in the previous contract.
Note: There seems to be a mathematical error in the contract (see attached PDF below). If you add up the cumulative parts of the academic bonuses, they only equal $135,000 instead of the stated $145,000.Continue reading →
Incoming freshman guard Kobe Paras has withdrawn from UCLA after academic conditions of his admission were not met, according to the school.
Paras, a 6-foot-6 guard who was admitted to the school upon condition, was a three-star recruit. He grew up in the Philippines, but spent his final two years of high school in L.A. He played his junior season at Cathedral High before playing his senior year for Middlebrooks Academy.
Paras attended Cathedral as a senior, but competed for Middlebrooks Academy, a team not within CIF regulations. According to the LA Times, a conflict between academic calendars in the Philippines and the United States would have exhausted Paras’ high school eligibility halfway through his senior season at Cathedral.
He’s is a star in within the Philippine national team and participated in the 2013 and 2015 FIBA 3×3 Under-18 World Championships. He won the slam dunk competition both years.
Of the 2016 class, the Bruins still have guard Lonzo Ball, center Ike Anigbogo and forward T.J. Leaf.
Daniel McClinktick (men’s water polo) and Danusia Francis (gymnastics) were named UCLA’s Tom Hansen Conference Medal winners. The Pac-12 recognizes one male and one female senior athlete from each school who are best able to combine “performance and achievement in scholarship, athletics and leadership.”
After tearing his ACL in UCLA’s 2015 season opener, defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes primed for a big year for the Bruins. (Rachel Luna/Staff)
Pro Football Focus ranked its top 101 college players in the nation and three Bruins made the cut. Topping the list for UCLA was defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes (No. 24), followed by quarterback Josh Rosen (No. 74) and defensive end Takkarist McKinley (No. 93).
Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey claims the No. 1 spot.
UCLA announced its 2016 Hall of Fame class Monday featuring Julie Adams (softball), Jamie Dantzscher (women’s gymnastics), Baron Davis (men’s basketball), Natalie Golda (women’s water polo), Chris Henderson (men’s soccer), Adam Krikorian (water polo), Mike Marsh (track & field) and Wendell Tyler (football).