On the heels of the San Diego Chargers contacting UCLA head coach Jim Mora, the university has agreed to terms to extend the one-year head coach to a one-year contract extension, which will keep Mora in Westwood through 2017.
Mora’s first year at UCLA was a success, with the team earning its best record in regular season play since 2005, earning a 9-3 regular season record before losing the Pac-12 championship game to Stanford and the Holiday Bowl to Baylor. Mora is just the second coach in UCLA history to earn nine wins in his first season as head honcho, with Terry Donahue doing so back in 1976.
Mora likely flirted with the Chargers to earn himself an extension, a common practice among successful head coaches.
Additionally, the official announcement that UCLA would be building football-only facilities came shortly after from UCLA assistant athletic director Josh Rebholz on Twitter:
— Josh Rebholz (@JoshRebholz) January 12, 2013
This is most probably tied to negotiations with Mora; it’s also common for coaches to demand a higher commitment to football by demanding for resources necessary to win.
And it is clear that UCLA has rekindled its commitment to football, especially with UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero fighting to save his job. (Guerrero is on a contract year and his contract will expire in June 2013.)
No details have been released, so it’s unsure where the building will be placed.