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Jim L. Mora To Be Named Next UCLA Football Head Coach

Moving South

Just hitting the newswire from Peter Yoon in the ESPNLosAngeles.com office, and now the LA Times.  Jim L. Mora the former Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks head coach will be named the next head man at UCLA, as an agreement is in place for the Bruins to hire the former NFL coach.

He will be announced as the UCLA head football coach on Saturday.

Mora was born in L.A., but calls Seattle home.

Mora is currently an analyst for the NFL network and a color commentary analyst on Fox football on Sunday’s. He replaces Rick Neuheisel, who was fired after going 21-19 during his four years with the Bruins.

Mora served as head coach of the Atlanta Falcons for 2004-2006. He led them to 26 wins in three years at the helm.

His last NFL job was as the head coach of the Seattle Seahawks in the 2009. He was fired after going 5-11 in his only season.

He was a Mike Holmgren defensive backs and assistant head coach for two seasons prior to that.

Jim Mora Jr

The next coach of the UCLA Bruins. Jim L. Mora (We call him Jim Mora Jr. around here.)

Mora is the son of retired NFL head coach Jim E. Mora.

Jim also played DB at the University Of Washington from 1980–83, appearing in 2 Rose Bowls.

He began coaching directly after college as a assistant for the Huskies under head coach Don James in 1984, and began his pro football coaching career in 1985.

His first job was with the San Diego Chargers as a quality control coach in 1985.

In 1992, he went to the Saints to coach with his father, Jim Mora Sr.

In 1997, he moved the 49ers to coach with Steve Mariucci, where he was named the 49ers’ defensive coordinator two years later.

The NW Perspective on all this drama!

WOW is all I can say right now. Oh and Congrats UCLA for getting your 10th option as head coach. As for my take on Mora. I love the guy.

Not the most popular up here in the NW, but I’m still a fan of him.

He was shafted in Seattle by Tod Leiweke and Paul Allen and never deserved to be trotted out there to give a post-season speech on the state of the team only to have his job pulled away a few hours later while Tod was on a plane to SoCal.

I digress.

Jim Mora, Jr. to UCLA is a great move for them. He very well could end up being a poor man’s Pete Carroll.

We all know the Bruins didn’t get Chris Petersen from Boise, but I for one hope this move works out for Jim, and for his family. He’s a hell of a guy, and Seattle will miss him.

I do still wish he’d gotten the DC job at UW.

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  • Anonymous

    Rich Rodriguez, Steve Sarkisian, Lane Kiffin, Jim Mora Jr., Mike Leach, Chip Kelly. Pac 12 football doesn’t get any more fun to cover does it? I can’t wait for next year already! :)

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