UCLA Football: Head Coach Jim Mora Signs a Two-Year Extension


UCLA Football Head Coach Jim Mora will be in Westwood through 2021 as he today signed a two-year extension.

Jim Mora will be the head of the UCLA Football program for five more years after Athletic Director Dan Guerrero announced that the Bruin coach has been given a two-year extension on his contract.

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According to UCLABruins.com, UCLA and Mora have agreed to terms that would have the Bruin coach leading the program through 2021.

Since Mora was hired over four years ago, he has changed the culture of a team that was muddling around the bottom half of the Pac-12 standings. In his time in Westwood, he has matched the number of wins by a coach in his first four years with 37.

In Mora’s tenure, his teams went three straight seasons with at least nine wins (the first time that has happened in the program’s history) and had consecutive 10-win seasons (2013, 2014) for the first time since 1998.

On top of that, he has developed several players into both award winners and NFL players. In 2013, linebacker Anthony Barr won the Lott IMPACT Trophy, with Eric Kendricks winning the same honor the following year.

Kendricks also won the Dick Butkus Award in 2014 and went on to become UCLA Football’s all-time leading tackler. That was with three years under Mora.

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Last season the Bruins got another national honor as Ka’Imi Fairbairn won the Lou Groza Award as the top kicker in the country.

In 2013, Mora took a risk on a surprising linebacker from Washington state who went on to win the Pac-12 Defensive AND Offensive Freshman Player of the Year Award. That would be Myles Jack.

Last season, another Bruin won the Pac-12 Offensive Freshman of the Year Award as Josh Rosen became one of the top quarterbacks in the conference.

On top of that, in four years, Mora has had 20 of his players selected in the NFL Draft, with a record eight Bruins getting picked this last April.

Next on his agenda, Mora will be looking to add a conference title to the trophy case as well as some hardware from a top tier bowl game.

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That begins this fall as the UCLA Football team looks to improve off an 8-5 record from last season. Mora has made tweaks to both the offense and defense in hopes of getting the Bruins to the next level. Hopefully that will come sooner than later, but at least for now, Mora has five years to work on that.