UCLA football excited to get out of San Bernardino

UCLA Head Coach Jim Mora. Coaches and athletes from each team in the PAC-12 pose for a group photo. The schools were invited to speak at the 2016 Pac-12 Football Media Days at the Loews Hollywood Hotel In Hollywood, CA. July 15, 2016. (Photo by John McCoy/So Cal News Group)

UCLA Head Coach Jim Mora. Coaches and athletes from each team in the PAC-12 pose for a group photo. The schools were invited to speak at the 2016 Pac-12 Football Media Days at the Loews Hollywood Hotel In Hollywood, CA. July 15, 2016. (Photo by John McCoy/So Cal News Group)

The UCLA football team wrapped up Pac-12 Media Days on Friday looking forward to fall camp. For linebacker Jayon Brown, there’s one more reason than usual to be excited.

Unlike in past years, the Bruins will only be spending one week in San Bernardino instead of two. Head coach Jim Mora scheduled the first week of camp on UCLA’s campus before spending the final week at Cal State San Bernardino.

“That’s lovely,” Brown said of getting to stay in Westwood for a week of camp. “Everybody on the team I know is hyped up for that. The ‘Dino is hot and it’s dry and it’s not a lovely place. Sorry for all the people out there in the I.E.” Continue reading

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Video: Jim Mora at Pac-12 Media Day

Here’s video of most of Jim Mora‘s podium session at Pac-12 Media Days. He addresses the Tom Bradley situation, Josh Rosen‘s social media and being picked as the favorite in the Pac-12 South.

You can read the complete transcript of everything he said here.

Here’s a condensed clip from the Pac-12 (so it’s much better quality) of Mora speaking about Rosen specifically.

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UCLA to have navy blue alternate uniforms

Photo courtesy @UCLAFootball/Twitter

Photo courtesy @UCLAFootball/Twitter

Along with a new blue home jersey, the UCLA football team will have an alternate navy blue uniform, head coach Jim Mora said Friday at Pac-12 Media Day.

Mora worked with Adidas to redesign the primary home look due to recent complaints. The jersey was released on Twitter earlier this summer. The head coach said representing the alumni and the university “the way they want to be represented” is important to him, so he softened the blue color on the home jersey, changed the shine on the pants and extended the shoulder stripe.

“The players love the look, I love the look,” Mora said. “I think it’s traditional. We put the TV numbers back on the shoulders. I love the uniform. I’ve always been a traditionalist. To me, it’s as traditional as we can get in this day and age.”

Mora said the alternate uniform will be the same structure as the primary jersey, but with possibly a different font for the numbers and a different color. The jersey will be navy blue and the players will wear blue pants, Mora said.

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Jim Mora on Dodd Trophy Watch List

UCLA football head coach Jim Mora talks to the media after practice. Photo by Brad Graverson // Daily Breeze

UCLA football head coach Jim Mora talks to the media after practice. Photo by Brad Graverson // Daily Breeze

Watch list season is in full stride.

UCLA had three players named to two watch lists Friday morning and head coach Jim Mora made the watch list for the 2016 Dodd Trophy, which honors the nation’s top coach.

Mora was a finalist for the Dodd Trophy, college football’s highest coaching award, in 2014.

Bruins named to watch lists so far:

  • DT Eddie Vanderdoes (Bednarik, Outland, Nagurski)
  • QB Josh Rosen (Maxwell)
  • DB Fabian Moreau (Nagurski)
  • OL Conor McDermmott (Outland)
  • Head coach Jim Mora (Dodd)
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Details of Jim Mora’s contract extension

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)

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

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