UCLA Head Coach Jim Mora Has Been Contacted by the San Diego Chargers

Jay BrownContributor IJanuary 9, 2013

HOUSTON, TX - AUGUST 30:  Head coach Jim Mora watches his UCLA Bruins during the game against the Rice Owls at Rice Stadium on August 30, 2012 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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In his first season as head coach of the UCLA Bruins, Jim Mora guided a football program that had been in complete dismay to its first winning season in four years and a date with Stanford in the Pac-12 championship game.

With that success, his name is once again being considered for a head-coaching position in the NFL.

According to a report from the Los Angeles Times by Chris Foster, Mora's representatives have been contacted by the San Diego Chargers.

The Chargers are looking for a head coach to replace Norv Turner who was let go by the team last week after missing the playoffs for the third straight year.

Mora is no stranger to the NFL or the San Diego Chargers for that matter. He spent the seven seasons with the Chargers as an assistant coach, first as the defensive quality control coach in 1985 only to be promoted to coach the secondary in 1989.

Mora went on to various assistant coaching assignments after leaving San Diego in 1991, but it wasn't until 2004 that he caught his big break. 

He signed a five-year, $7.5 million contract to be the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons, however, it was short-lived, and he was let go following the 2006 season.

Mora signed with the Seattle Seahawks and was tagged as the successor to Mike Holmgren, but he failed to produce, going 5-11 in his one and only season in the Pacific Northwest.

After enduring continuing setbacks in West Los Angeles, Mora was brought in to replace head coach Rick Neuheisel.

While the temptation to return to the NFL might lure most college coaches away from their present gigs Mora looks to be content where he is.

All of his assistant coaches just received substantial raises. Mora's offensive line coach Adrian Klemm just received a $50,000 raise offer that would bring his pay to a whopping $325,000, according to the aforementioned report by the Los Angeles Times.

There is rumblings that UCLA will make an announcement in a couple of weeks regarding a new football facility.

Should Mora decide to leave the comfy confines of Westwood, he would owe UCLA $3 million if he terminates the five-year, $11.235-million contract he signed before Jan. 16.

He would only owe UCLA $2.5 million should he decide to leave after the 2013 season.


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