How does Jim Mora’s salary stack up in the Pac-12?

UCLA head coach Jim Mora, center, yells at a referee during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Hawaii in Pasadena, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

Jim Mora‘s $3.5 million salary in 2017 ranks fifth among Pac-12 coaches, according to USA Today’s annual coaching salary database, released Wednesday.

Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez vaulted to the top spot this year with a total salary of more than $6 million. The pay raise is thanks to a nearly $3.1 million retention bonus due if he remains the head coach on March 18, 2018.

Stanford’s David Shaw is the second-highest paid coach in the conference with a 2017 salary of about $5.68 million, according to federal tax returns obtained by USA Today, followed by Washington’s Chris Petersen at almost $4.13 million. Utah’s Kyle Whittingham is due to make almost $3.69 million this year.

Mora’s total salary of $3,550,000 does not include potential bonuses that can add as much as $1,065,000 to his paycheck. The database also values Mora’s buyout as of Dec. 1, 2017 at $12,275,000. Mora signed a two-year contract extension last season that links the six-year head coach to UCLA through the 2021 season.

Here’s a list of how the coaching salaries stack up in the Pac-12. The salaries don’t include bonuses. USC, a private school, is not listed.

1. Rich Rodriguez, Arizona, $6,031,563
2. David Shaw, Stanford, $5,680,441
3. Chris Petersen, UW, $4,127,500
4. Kyle Whittingham, Utah, $3,687,917
5. Jim Mora, UCLA, $3,550,000
6. Todd Graham, ASU, $3,208,779
7. Mike Leach, WSU, $3,075,000
8. Willie Taggart, Oregon, $2,900,000
9. Mike MacIntyre, Colorado, $2,803,500
10. Gary Andersen, OSU, $2,650,000
11. Justin Wilcox, Cal, $1,600,000

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For UCLA, no place has been sweeter than the Rose Bowl this year. The Bruins are 4-0 at home, but are 0-3 in road games, part of a seven-game road losing streak going back to last year.

UCLA will try to cure its road woes, but Saturday’s game at No. 12 Washington will not be an easy pill to swallow.

More on UCLA’s road struggles and injury updates on Matt Dickerson and Jacob Tuioti-Mariner.

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