LOS ANGELES — 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.
Mora seemed to be a tantalizing candidate for Washington, which has been rebuilt into a perennial bowl team by Sarkisian.
Mora played at Washington under famed coach Don James and once described the Huskies’ top position as his dream job. He and his wife, a former Huskies cheerleader, stayed in the Seattle area in 2010 after the NFL’s Seahawks fired him after one season.
The school didn’t announce terms of Mora’s contract extension, which must be approved by the University of California Regents. Mora got a five-year contract worth more than $11 million when he arrived at UCLA, and he received a one-year extension worth $2.5 million last year.