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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Jim Mora will remain at UCLA, gets 6-year contract extension

Jim MoraJim Mora will remain at UCLA rather than take the head coaching position at Washington.

The Bruins later announced that Mora had agreed to a six-year contract extension that runs through 2019.

CBS Sports’ Bruce Feldman first reported that Mora would be staying at UCLA.

Interestingly, when asked by the Sacramento Bee on Tuesday about the Washington job, Mora said he couldn’t comment, perhaps because UCLA was planning to announce the extension.

There was a lot of speculation after Steve Sarkisian was named the head coach at USC that Mora could leave Westwood for Seattle. Several years ago, Mora described the Washington job as his dream job and one he would crawl to get. But he is building a good thing at UCLA and apparently won’t be leaving.

LBS had been hearing on Monday and Tuesday that Mora would be staying at UCLA. His top priorities have been improving the practice/football facilities on campus and getting more money for his staff. UCLA already agreed in September to spend $50 million on a new on-campus facility, and they have made some more promises to Mora, who has been tearing up the recruiting trail since beating USC on Saturday.

The LA Times’ Chris Foster says UCLA promised to improve the pay for Mora’s assistants and to improve the football infrastructure. Here’s what UCLA wrote about the new football facility in their press release announcing the Mora extension:

The planned state-of-the-art facility, located on the west side of Spaulding Field, the practice field for the Bruin football team, is intended to house a locker room, athletic training area, strength and conditioning facility, coaches’ offices, team meeting rooms, equipment rooms and video rooms, in addition to several elements that will feature the storied history of UCLA Football.

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