The University of Connecticut announced today that it has hired Jim Mora Jr. as it’s next head football coach. Mora will become the 32nd head coach in program history.
Mora coached UCLA from 2012-2017 where he compiled a 46-30 record, including a 2-2 bowl record. He also spent four seasons as a head coach in the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks where he finished with a 31-33 record (1-1 in playoffs).
It’s definitely a big name hire for UConn, an FBS Independent.
“I’m not going to compare ourselves to the likes of Notre Dame,” UConn Athletic Director David Benedict said. “But BYU is not necessarily so far out of realm of comparison that we can’t establish ourselves like BYU as an Jndependent.”
Mora will join the staff as an assistant coach through the end of the 2021 UConn season before officially being the head coach on November 28th.
Mora’s contract is a five-year deal that runs through the 2026 season.
Mora enters the job with a huge advantage because he will now have three weeks to get to know the roster, work the transfer portal and attempt to recruit before the early signing day on December 15th.
UConn football has gone 4-29 over the last four seasons and they didn’t play in 2020. The program hasn’t reached a Bowl Game since 2015 or had a winning record since the 2010 season.
UConn will play on the road at Memorial Stadium against Clemson (6-3) this Saturday, November 13. Kickoff is set for 11:00 AM (Central Time) and will be televised on the ACC Network.