Latest on Mora's Status at UCLA

There have been plenty of reports that UCLA's first-year football coach Jim Mora could leave for another job...

Jim Mora is set to return as UCLA's head coach, according to good sources.

Mora, who posted a 9-4 record in his first season at UCLA, has been the subject of much speculation about the coach potentially leaving the school after one season. For the last month there have been many media reports linking Mora's name to other coaching jobs, both college and NFL. The most recent have been reports of Mora being a serious candidate for the San Diego Chargers head coaching position.

We've heard, however, that UCLA has reached a tentative agreement with Mora for him to return for next season.

A significant part of the agreement was based on UCLA committing to enhance the salaries of Mora's staff.

Mora has been receiving money as part of the buyout of his contract with the Seattle Seahawks, but that will end this year. Sources have indicated that UCLA will enhance his UCLA salary to compensate. Dollar figures were not disclosed.

When he took the UCLA job, Mora's family moved with him to Manhattan Beach, except for his older son who is finishing high school in Bellevue, Washington. Sources close to the situation have indicated that he and his family have settled in well to Southern California, and that Mora doesn't want to uproot his three children again with another move.

It's why many observers felt the speculation about the Chargers job seemingly had some legs to it, since it was believed his family would be able to remain in Manhattan Beach.

Sources, however, are saying that the rumors have no validity, especially in light of Mora's agreement with UCLA.


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