Mora Commits to Stay at UCLA

Jim Mora met with the UCLA administration Monday and gave them assurances that he and his staff intend to remain at UCLA...

Jim Mora is staying at UCLA, according to good sources close to the football program.

The UCLA administration met with Mora Monday and he assured them that he's not entertaining any other coaching position and committed to returning to UCLA.

Apparently, Mora and his agent did receive overtures from other programs, but he turned them down, the sources indicated.

Mora's entire staff, too, is committed to returning. Of course, guaranteeing the entire staff will return is a bit dubious, but as of now the staff intends to return.

Mora, according to sources, wanted assurances from UCLA that it intends to increase the staff's salaries, and to further support the football program financially.

Sources have told us that Mora, after achieving the first clearly successful football season at UCLA since 2005, has expressed to UCLA a need for more resources, in terms of facilities, better staff support, and an effort to generate more fan support.

A big factor for Mora is also his family, and the life they've established in Los Angeles. When Mora got the UCLA job, he moved from Seattle to Manhattan Beach with his wife and three of their four children. The eldest son, a senior at Bellevue High School, has remained in the Seattle area to finish his senior year. The other three, who range in age from 16 to 10, made the move to L.A. and, according to sources, have settled in well. His wife, Shannon, also has many friends in the L.A. area, and Mora's parents, too, live in Palm Springs. The coach, according to sources close to the situation, given all of these ties, doesn't want to uproot his family again with another move. The son who is a senior in high school, also, is reportedly interested in playing soccer at UCLA.

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