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December 3, 2013 at 2:52 PM

Jim Mora to stay at UCLA

UCLA's Jim Mora (AP photo).

UCLA’s Jim Mora (AP photo).

Jim Mora will remain at UCLA, the school announced this afternoon.

Mora was thought to be Washington’s top choice to replace Steve Sarkisian, who accepted the USC head-coaching job on Monday.

Bruce Feldman of CBSsports.com broke the news on Twitter (below) about Mora during Sarkisian’s introductory press conference at USC this afternoon. Shortly after that, UCLA announced that Mora had agreed to a six-year contract extension.

“Jim Mora has established himself as one of the preeminent coaches in all of college football,” UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero said in a statement. “Under his guidance, UCLA football has garnered national recognition for its success on the field, in the classroom and in the community. 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.”

Mora has also been promised a raise for his assistants and improvements in UCLA’s infrastructure, the Los Angeles Times is reporting.

“I want to thank Dan Guerrero and Chancellor Gene Block for their tremendous support,” Mora said. “This further commitment the University has made is crucial as we continue in our pursuit of excellence. From day one our goal has been to win championships, and with our tremendous staff, our incredible student-athletes and our dedicated administration, UCLA will win championships. We’ve only just scratched the surface of our potential, and as a Bruin fan, I’d be chomping at the bit just to see what UCLA football is going to do next.”

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