Jim Mora’s UCLA team stole the college football show in Los Angeles this year, and apparently NFL teams took notice. After the Bruins’ moderately successful 9-5 campaign in 2012, Mora once again became a much whispered-about candidate among pro football executives.
When seven head coaches were fired on Black Monday, the whispers grew louder.
And now, with college football officially over and all of the top-tier coaching prospects either having been hired or passing on available vacancies, the whispers have turned into full-blown conversations.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the San Diego Chargers have contacted UCLA about Mora possibly replacing Norv Turner. On Tuesday, AD Dan Guerrero expressed a “dedication” to his football coach.
"Rest assured that I, along with Chancellor [Gene] Block and the university, share that dedication to Jim and the team, and together we are committed to, step-by-step, reaching new heights in UCLA football," he wrote in an e-mail obtained by the Times.
UCLA’s clear desire to do whatever it takes (within reason) to keep Mora notwithstanding, there is no denying that the Chargers job does carry a certain bit of allure. While the team has fallen on hard times as of late, their much talked about possible move to L.A. and Mora’s own history with the franchise makes this an interesting potential marriage.
Mora would have to pay $3 million if he terminates his UCLA contract before next week, and $2.5 million if he departs at any point after Jan. 16.
(Kudos Los Angeles Times)