Mora Remains at UCLA

Posted Dec 3, 2013

Jim Mora has come to terms with UCLA and will remain as the Bruins head coach...

Jim Mora and UCLA have agreed to a long-term contract, increases in assistants' pay and more, according to sources.

Mora was offered the head coaching position at Washington Monday, after Steve Sarkisian left the Huskies program to be the next USC coach.

Mora then made requests of UCLA in order to remain in Westwood. With rumors rampant, UCLA took action swiftly, reaching a deal with Mora on a long-term contract, thought to be six years, worth more than $3 million annually.

Such a contract would put Mora among the top paid 12 to 15 coaches in college football.

Another requirement was an increase in his assistants' salaries. UCLA, according to sources, agreed to increase salaries of Mora's coaches by $1.3 to $1.5 million. An increase of that magnitude should put UCLA's staff among the top two paid staffs in the Pac-12.

A big factor in Mora returning was UCLA's recent commitment to building a new football-only facility. Key to this is UCLA recently securing a donor that will contribute a very large sum toward the construction of the facility.

As BRO reported, it was always merely a distant chance that Mora would leave UCLA for his alma mater of Washington. Inside sources told BRO that it was near impossible that he would abandon the team and program he had grown attached to in the last two years. The only potential for the coach to leave would have been if UCLA absolutely refused to approach meeting his demands, which wasn't the case.

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