Jim Mora agrees to UCLA extension

Updated: December 4, 2013, 12:09 AM ET
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UCLA coach Jim Mora isn't going anywhere.

The school announced Tuesday it has reached agreement with Mora on a six-year contract extension that goes through the 2019 season.

The school didn't announce terms of Mora's contract extension, which must be approved by the University of California Board of Regents. Mora got a five-year contract worth more than $11 million when he arrived at UCLA in December 2011, and he received a one-year extension worth $2.5 million last year.

The Bruins are coming off their second straight victory over USC in the schools' rivalry game, and Mora had been linked to the opening at Washington.

Steve Sarkisian left the Huskies this week to become coach at USC.

Mora once famously said that if the UW job ever became open, "You'll find me at the friggin' head of the line with my resume in my hand ready to take that job," but UCLA moved quickly to make sure that didn't become a reality.

"Under his guidance, UCLA football has garnered national recognition for its success on the field, in the classroom and in the community," athletic director Dan Guerrero said. "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."

The No. 18 Bruins (9-3, 6-3) finished second in the Pac-12 South this season after winning it in 2012.

With Sarkisian gone and Mora affirming his commitment to UCLA, Boise State's Chris Petersen has become a factor in Washington's search for a coach, a source told ESPN's Joe Schad. Petersen, according to sources, also had been a candidate for the USC job.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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