Jim Mora, UCLA agrees to two-year contract extension

UCLA isn't facing the same outside expectations it did last season, Jim Mora said during Pac-12 Football Media Days on July 30, 2015. (Sarah Reingewirtz/Staff)

Jim Mora agreed to a two-year contract extension Tuesday that will keep him with UCLA through the 2021 season. (Sarah Reingewirtz/Staff)

UCLA football head coach Jim Mora and the university agreed to a two-year contract extension through the 2021 season, the school announced Tuesday. The financial terms of the agreement were not announced.

In four seasons, Mora is 37-16 with the Bruins. His 37 wins in his first four years equal the school record for most victories over a four-year span. He is 23-13 in Pac-12 play with no conference titles. UCLA played in the Pac-12 Championship Game in 2012, losing to Stanford.

The Bruins had eight players drafted in the NFL Draft in April, a school record for the seven-round draft era.

The head coach was also a main figure in the construction of the Wasserman Football Center, which is scheduled to open in 2017. Mora’s previous contract extension, a six-year deal signed in December 2013, allowed that buyouts be waived if the university had not started construction on a football facility by October 2015.

UCLA is coming off an injury-plagued 8-5 season, the worst mark in Mora’s head coaching tenure, and starts the season on Sept. 3 at Texas A&M.

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UCLA football recruiting: Jaelan Phillips, Tate Martell

UCLA commit Jaelan Phillips just got upgraded to a five-star rating by Rivals. The weakside defensive lineman from Redlands East Valley is a “classic hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker” according to recruiting analyst Adam Gorney.


Quarterback Tate Martell announced his top five Sunday and UCLA is still in the hunt.

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Josh Lewin replaces Bill Roth on play-by-play for UCLA football, basketball

Josh Lewin has been named the radio play-by-play voice for UCLA football and basketball broadcasts. (Contributed photo)

Josh Lewin has been named the radio play-by-play voice for UCLA football and basketball broadcasts. (Contributed photo)

Only one year after taking the UCLA radio play-by-play job, Bill Roth stepped down while Josh Lewin will take over radio play-by-play duties for football and basketball.

Roth expressed a desire to return to the East Coast. Lewin has been the San Diego Chargers’ radio voice since 20015 and calling Mets games since 2012.

SCNG’s Tom Hofforth has the whole story about how the change went down with input from both Roth and Lewin.

Read the UCLA press release here.

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UCLA’s Ken Norton on College Football Hall of Fame ballot

Photo courtesy UCLA Athletics

Photo courtesy UCLA Athletics

Former UCLA linebacker Ken Norton Jr. is one of 75 players on the ballot for the 2017 College Football Hall of Fame class. The ballot was released on Wednesday and the 2017 class will be announced on Jan. 6, 2017.

Norton was a first-team All-American in 1987 and led UCLA to four straight bowl victories. He won a Pac-10 championship with UCLA in 1985. He ranks sixth in school history with 339 career tackles and led the team in tackles in 1986 and 1987. After college, he played 13 seasons in the NFL, winning three straight Super Bowls from 1993-95, the first two with the Dallas Cowboys and the third with the San Francisco 49ers. He is currently the defensive coordinator for the Oakland Raiders.

The ballot for the 2017 class also includes Peyton Manning, Marshall Faulk and Tony Gonzalez.

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Three kickoff times announced for UCLA football

Running back Soso Jamabo during UCLA spring practice. Photo by Brad Graverson // Daily Breeze

Running back Soso Jamabo during UCLA spring practice. Photo by Brad Graverson // Daily Breeze

On Wednesday, the Pac-12 announced early TV times for some Pac-12 football games. The three following UCLA football games were on the list, so mark your calendars now:

Sept. 3 at Texas A&M – 12:30 p.m. (CBS)
Sept. 10 vs. UNLV – 5 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)
Nov. 3 at Colorado (Thursday) – 6 p.m. (FS1)

Clarification: All times Pacific

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