LOS ANGELES (AP) — UCLA agreed to a six-year extension with football coach Jim Mora on Tuesday night, putting him under contract through 2019.
The Bruins moved swiftly to fend off any potential advances from Washington, where Mora was a walk-on defensive back and a graduate assistant more than 30 years ago. The Huskies have a coaching vacancy after Steve Sarkisian left Monday for USC.
"This is an exciting time for UCLA football, and the continued commitment our administration has provided gives us every chance to reach our goals," Mora said in a statement issued by the university. "This staff came here with a commitment to win a national championship. That commitment stands."
Mora has been an immediate hit in Westwood in his first significant college football job after 25 years in the NFL. UCLA is 18-8 in his two seasons, returning to national prominence heading into the Bruins' second straight trip to a bowl game.
No. 17 UCLA (9-3, 6-3 Pac-12) routed rival Southern California 35-14 at the Coliseum on Saturday for Mora's second straight win over the Trojans. The Bruins won the Pac-12 South last season and finished second this year, one game behind Arizona State.
"Jim Mora has established himself as one of the pre-eminent coaches in all of college football," UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero said in a statement. "We are excited about the commitment Jim has made to our student-athletes and this university, and feel this extension further demonstrates UCLA's commitment to building a championship-caliber football program."