UCLA, Jim Mora sign six-year extension, disappoint Washington

The UCLA Bruins have agreed to a six-year contract extension through 2019 with head coach Jim Mora on Tuesday.

In his inaugural season with UCLA, Mora led the Bruins to nine wins that included a Pac-12 Championship appearance. Mora has continued his success in 2013, with nine wins heading into the Bowl season, highlighted by wins at Arizona and at rival USC 35-14.

Mora had been rumored with the vacant head-coaching job at University of Washington, his alma matter, in addition to being in contention with the University of Texas.

Prior to coaching the Bruins, Mora was the head coach for the Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks with a combined 32-34 record in the NFL.

Upon tearing his knee, Mora rehabbed his knee at the University of Washington, where he got a  “real hunger” for college coaching, stating “it was a different environment than I’d been around for the past 25 years of my life.” UCLA hired Mora in December 2011, replacing Rick Neuheisel.

When asked Tuesday morning on Jim Rome’s radio show about Mora leaving for Washington, Bruin starting quarterback Brett Hundley said it “would definitely impact” his decision to leave for the 2014 NFL Draft.

The leading candidate for the vacant University of Washington job is current Boise State head coach Chris Peterson, who had previously been linked to the USC job.

UCLA is currently ranked No. 18 in the BCS and awaiting a bowl bid. The Mora extension will further the regrowth of the Bruin football program as a Pac-12 powerhouse.

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