The news was first reported by Bruce Feldman of CBSSports.com.
Mora had been rumored as a possible candidate to replace Steve Sarkisian, who announced on Monday that he was leaving the Huskies to accept the head coaching job at USC. Instead, Mora agreed to a new contract through 2019 with UCLA, Bruins athletic director Dan Guerrero confirmed in a statement.
“Jim Mora has established himself as one of the preeminent coaches in all of college football,” said Guerrero. “Under his guidance, UCLA football has garnered national recognition for its success on the field, in the classroom and in the community. We are excited about the commitment Jim has made to our student-athletes and this University and feel this extension further demonstrates UCLA’s commitment to building a championship-caliber football program.”
In two seasons with UCLA, Mora has compiled an 18-8 (12-6 Pac-12) record. Perhaps more significantly, he is 2-0 against rival USC, the latter victory coming in a 35-14 rout last Saturday.
In a 2006 interview, Mora, then the coach of the NFL's Atlanta Falcons, told Seattle radio station KJR that he'd be very interested if the Washington job ever came open. Mora played defensive back and linebacker for the Huskies from 1980-83 and began his coaching career as a graduate assistant with the school. His father also coached at Washington under legendary coach Don James.
This extension secures Mora's future in Los Angeles, however. Mora thanked Guerrero and UCLA for the university's commitment.
“I want to thank Dan Guerrero and Chancellor Gene Block for their tremendous support,” said Mora. “This further commitment the University has made is crucial as we continue in our pursuit of excellence. From day one our goal has been to win championships, and with our tremendous staff, our incredible student-athletes and our dedicated administration, UCLA will win championships. We’ve only just scratched the surface of our potential, and as a Bruin fan, I’d be chomping at the bit just to see what UCLA football is going to do next.”