UConn names former NFL, UCLA coach Jim Mora as next head football coach

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STORRS, Conn. (WTNH) — The University of Connecticut hired former NFL and UCLA coach Jim Mora to lead its football team.

The 59-year-old Mora has been out of coaching and working as a television analyst after spending six seasons (2012-17) leading UCLA to a 46-30 record.

“Jim is a proven winner, a man of integrity and he possesses the experience and energy to lead our football program back to success,” UConn athletic director David Benedict said in a statement.

Mora coached four seasons in the NFL, three with the Atlanta Falcons and one with the Seattle Seahawks, going 31-33. He was also a defensive coordinator with the San Francisco 49ers for five years before taking over the Falcons.

UConn has been searching for a head coach since Randy Edsall stepped down in September.

Mora and UConn agreed to a five-year deal that runs through the 2026 season, with a first-year salary of $1.5 million, according to the school’s announcement. The agreement also includes an opportunity for Mora to earn an additional $200,000 annually in performance incentives.

He will be added to the UConn staff immediately as an assistant coach, allowing him the ability to do some coaching in practice with the current players and, most importantly, to have full privileges in recruiting.

“This program is loaded with potential, and I look forward to getting to know the student-athletes on the team and am eager to get to work,” Mora said in a statement.

The Huskies are 1-8 in their first season playing as an independent in football. After starting the season 0-2, Edsall, who was in his second stint leading the program, announced he would retire after this season.

A day later, it was announced Edsall would step down immediately and Lou Spanos took over as interim coach.

The Huskies football program has not had a winning season since 2010, reaching just one bowl game. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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