June 7, 2016
Four straight bowl appearances has bought Jim Mora extra job security, as the UCLA Bruins reportedly rewarded their head football coach with a contract extension Tuesday.
Per Bryan Fischer, Mora’s extension with UCLA is for two years, which will keep him with the program through 2021.
The two new years on Mora’s contract come less than three years after he signed a six-year deal with the Bruins in December 2013.
Even though Mora and the Bruins are still seeking to become an elite program on the field, there’s no denying better talent has come to Los Angeles since the 54-year-old took over in 2012.
Per UCLABruins.com, the eight players drafted into the NFL in April were the most by the school since the draft format went to seven rounds in 1994, and the 20 players selected since Mora arrived are the most in a four-year span under the current format.
Mora’s new deal caps off a banner two-week stretch for the Bruins’ athletic program. On May 24, the school announced a 15-year, $280 million shoe and apparel deal with Under Armour that goes into effect next summer.
The key for Mora moving forward is getting all of that high-end talent to perform consistently on the field. The Bruins have gone 37-16 since he took over and won at least eight games each year, the first time they have done that since 1984-88 under Terry Donahue.
Another strong recruiting class is coming to UCLA, with 247Sports ranking the Bruins’ 2016 crop as the 12th-best in the nation. The Pac-12 competition is stiff, with Stanford, USC, Oregon and Washington all boasting strong rosters, so the task ahead for Mora is steep.
By every measure, though, Mora has UCLA moving in the right direction after falling on hard times under Rick Neuheisel. The Bruins’ commitment to Mora goes a long way toward ensuring the best is still to come for this football team.
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