Yukon appoints Jim Mora coach

Yukon appoints Jim Mora coach


Jim Mora, former head coach of the Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks, is in charge of the Connecticut State Persecutor’s Program.

Moura, who last coached at UCLA from 2012-2017, will join the Huskies (1-8) as an assistant coach for the final three games of this season before beginning his tenure as UConn’s 32nd coach on November 28.

He succeeds Randy Edsall, who resigned on September 6 after a 0-2 start. Defensive coordinator Lou Spanos has been the interim coach since then.

“I am excited about the opportunity to become the University of Connecticut’s head football coach,” Mora said in a statement. “UConn has a nationally recognized academic and athletic brand, and I am thrilled to become a member of the community that makes up the UConn Nation. This program is full of potential, and I look forward to getting to know the student-athletes on the team and am eager to work!”

Mora, who will turn 60 on November 19, has agreed to a five-year contract until the 2026 season and will earn $1.5 million in his first year. The deal announced Thursday includes an additional $200,000 in annual performance incentives.

“Getting to know Jim Mora over the past several days has been a wonderful experience,” athletic director David Benedict said in a press release. “Jim is a proven winner, an honest man, and has the experience and energy to lead our football program to success. Jim is enthusiastic and unafraid about this challenge, and we both know that this program has great potential. I am sure that, under coach Moura, you will realize Football at Ocon has that potential again.”

Mora has 31 years of coaching experience in the NFL and NCAA. He led the Hawks to a record 26-22 from 2004-06 and was 5-11 during his only season with the Seahawks in 2009. Bruins went 46-30 under his supervision from 2012-17, including four consecutive bowl games.

Mora has also worked as an analyst for NFL Network, Fox Sports, and ESPN.

He has run UConn from 10-47 since the start of the 2016 season. Husky, who compete in FBS as a freelancer, did not play in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. UConn hasn’t played in a bowl game since 2015 and hasn’t finished a record-breaking since 2010.

Connecticut State has won 324-146 this season, including closing losses to Fresno State (45-0) and Purdue (49-0). The team has been out of business since the 4-13 loss to Middle Tennessee on October 22.

Husky’s next game is Saturday in Clemson, followed by a road match at the UCF on November 20 and a home date with Houston on November 27.

–Field Media Level

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