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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Jim Mora on Rich Eisen Show: Will it be Manziel or Brady for Rosen’s future?

UCLA head coach Jim Mora stopped by the Rich Eisen Show to talk about plenty of things including his experience at the NFL Draft, Myles Jack and Josh Rosen.

Of Rosen, Mora said that if his quarterback had been in the draft this year, the soon-to-be sophomore would have been the best signal-caller available and “he would have gone first.”

“I know that is really a strong statement for a true freshman,” Mora continued. “I’ve been around Peyton (Manning) when he was that age. I can’t remember ever seeing anybody at his age with the arm talent, the intelligence, the decision making, the drive, the passion and the ability he has.” Continue reading

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Jim Mora, Josh Rosen make SCNG list of 50 most powerful in Southern California sports

Jim Mora (left) and Josh Rosen are among the region's most powerful people in sports.

Jim Mora (left) and Josh Rosen are among the region’s most powerful people in sports.

The Southern California News Group released the first installment of its 50 most powerful in Southern California Sports on Tuesday, with UCLA head coach Jim Mora and UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen both making the list.

Mora checked in at No. 31 and Rosen slipped in at No. 50.

Here’s the first list of who made the cut, from No. 31-50.

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Jim Mora talks offensive changes, new coaches and Josh Rosen with Sports Illustrated

UCLA head coach Jim Mora talks to the media after the first day of spring practice. (Photo by Brad Graverson // Daily Breeze)

UCLA head coach Jim Mora talks to the media after the first day of spring practice. (Photo by Brad Graverson // Daily Breeze)

Jim Mora talked with Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel about UCLA’s spring practice, the changes to the offense, Josh Rosen‘s high intellect and the coaching changes during the offseason.

Mora said the coaching staff studied NFL offenses from teams like Denver, New England, Green Bay and New Orleans while constructing the new offense to look at pace of play. Those teams, Mora said, sometimes huddle and other times hand the reins over to the quarterback to run a hurry-up offense. The shift in offensive philosophy is to maximize Rosen’s skill set and was already in the works when former offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone was still with the Bruins, Mora said.

Read more from Mora’s interview with SI here.

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Ishmael Adams likely to stay at receiver

Ishmael Adams made a transition to receiver from cornerback during the spring. Photo by Michael Owen Baker

Ishmael Adams made a transition to receiver from cornerback during the spring. Photo by Michael Owen Baker

On Tuesday’s Pac-12 coaches conference call, UCLA head coach Jim Mora said Ishmael Adams could be staying at receiver for the long haul after a stellar spring camp.

“Nothing is ever off the table, but it’s not something we’re looking at at this time,” Mora said of putting Adams back on defense. “Ish looks like he’s going to be such a threat offensively, you don’t want to overload him.”

Mora added that Adams could move back “if needed” as the team searches for ways to always get its best players on the field.

Mora praised Adams’ development as a route runner, calling the cornerback-turned-receiver a “gym rat” who studies film with receivers coach Eric Yarber constantly.

“He really developed as a route runner,” Mora said. “It’s not easy. It’s an art. There’s an art to running routes and it was real exciting to see the development he made as a route runner.”

Quarterback Josh Rosen and receiver Eldridge Massington both voiced their support of Adams’ move to offense, with the quarterback saying he definitely wants to keep Adams on offense and that his newest receiver “isn’t going anywhere.”

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