The new pipeline shipping college head coaches to the NFL could be transporting another college head coach with fairly extensive NFL experience.
According to Chris Foster of the Los Angeles Times, the Chargers have contacted UCLA coach Jim Mora regarding the possibility of replacing Norv Turner in San Diego.
But it’s not believed that Mora is interested. Instead, it’s expected that the Chargers’ interest will result in increased pay for Mora’s assistants and improvements to the football facilities.
Mora also could end up with a little more moolah for Mora, too.
“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,” Athletic Director Dan Guerrero said in an email to UCLA boosters, via Foster.
Mora has spent only one year at UCLA. His contract has a $3 million buyout if he leaves before January 16; after that, the number drops to $2.5 million.
Mora coached the Falcons for three years, taking the team to the 2004 NFC title game. He was surprisingly fired by the Seahawks after only one season as head coach.