'Skins aide Spanos hired as UCLA's defensive coordinator

LOS ANGELES -- Washington Redskins' linebackers coach Lou Spanos has been selected as UCLA's defensive coordinator, completing new coach Jim Mora's staff.

Mora hired the veteran NFL assistant coach on Tuesday.

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Spanos was the Redskins' linebackers coach for the past two years, coaching 2011 NFL tackles leader London Fletcher, Brian Orakpo and Rocky McIntosh to Pro Bowl seasons.

He spent the previous 15 seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, helping the club to three Super Bowl appearances with a defense annually ranked among the NFL's best.

Mora, the former coach of the Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks, has hired a coaching staff with more than 90 combined years of NFL experience. He also hired respected offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone away from Arizona State.

Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press

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