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UCLA hires Jim Mora

The UCLA Bruins have finally hired a football coach, and it's someone we all know very well - Jim Mora Jr.

The former Husky linebacker and Seahawks head coach will take over the Bruins and try to turn that program into something more than a disappointment.

From the LA Times ...

UCLA is expected to make a formal announcement on Saturday, and he is to be introduced next week at a news conference.

Mora and Athletic Director Dan Guerrero were not available for comment.

Mora was born in Los Angeles and his father, Jim Mora, was an assistant coach at UCLA in 1974.

Mora, 50, takes over a program that was 21-29 in four seasons under Rick Neuheisel, who was fired on Nov. 28. UCLA is 6-7 this season, having most recently lost to Oregon in the Pac-12Conference championship game last week. The Bruins will next play in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl at San Francisco'sAT&T Park on Dec. 31, with offensive coordinator Mike Johnson serving as interim coach.

The hire moves UCLA away from its time-worn tradition of hiring former Bruins assistant coaches and players. The last head coach hired without UCLA ties was Red Sanders in 1949