UCLA to name NFL Network's Mora as new head coach

NFL Network analyst and former Seattle Seahawks and Atlanta Falcons coach Jim Mora has reached an agreement to become the coach at UCLA, a league source said Saturday.

The hiring is expected to be announced by the school Saturday, with an introductory news conference to come sometime next week.

"Congratulations to Jim Mora Jr. for being named the next head coach at UCLA. Here's to great success and many Rose Bowl appearances!" tweeted former Ravens coach and NFL Network analyst Brian Billick on Saturday.

Mora compiled a 31-33 record as an NFL head coach, including a 26-22 mark with the Falcons from 2004 to 2006. He led Atlanta to the 2004 NFC Championship Game, losing to the Philadelphia Eagles 27-10.

The position will be Mora's first at the collegiate level since serving as a defensive assistant in 1984 at Washington, where he also played defensive back. Mora was born in Los Angeles, and his father, Jim E. Mora, was an assistant coach at UCLA in 1974.

Mora will be the first UCLA coach since 1949 to have neither worked as an assistant nor played at the school. He will succeed Rick Neuheisel, who was fired before UCLA's loss to Oregon in the Pacific-12 Conference championship game. Neuheisel had a 21-29 record in four years at the school.

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