UCLA’s Jim Mora is likely Pac-12’s second-highest paid coach at public school

Coach Jim Mora guided UCLA to a 10-3 record last season, including a 42-12 victory over Virginia Tech in the Sun Bowl.
(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

Jim Mora’s new contact, worked out in December, is believed to make him the second-highest paid public university coach in the Pac-12 Conference.

Mora will earn $21 million over the next six seasons and could receive an additional $930,000 in performance bonuses annually. He will earn $3.25 million in base pay and talent fee for the 2014 season.

UCLA reworked Mora’s contract after Washington reached out to him about its coaching vacancy. He is signed through the 2019 season.


Washington hired Boise State’s Chris Petersen, who will make $3.6 million this season, believed to be the Pac-12’s top salary. USC’s Steve Sarkisian is expected to make more than $3 million, but USC, as a private school, is not required to release terms of contracts.

Mora will earn $3.35 million in 2015, $3.45 million in 2016, $3.55 million in 2017, $3.65 million in 2018 and $3.75 million in 2019. He will be required to pay a buyout of $2 million if he leaves before Jan. 15, 2015, $1.7 million in 2016, $1.35 million in 2017 and $1 million in 2018.

UCLA will waive all buyouts if the university has not started construction on a football facility before October 2015.

If Mora is terminated without cause, he will receive 80% of his remaining talent fee and base pay.

Mora also received more financial support for his assistant coaches. UCLA officials will add up to $1.1 million to a pay pool that was $2.442 million last season and agreed to make an additional $200,000 available for the 2015 season.

Mora was given a five-year, $11.235-million contract when hired in December 2011.

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