Jim Mora a finalist for coach of the year honor
DEC 04, 2012 1:40p ET
The award recognizes college football coaches who demonstrate sportsmanship, integrity, responsibility and excellence on and off the field, according to Liberty Mutual. The winner receives $50,000 to donate to the charity of his choice and a $20,000 contribution to his school’s alumni association.
The other finalists in the FBS division are Brian Kelly ( Notre Dame), Urban Meyer ( Ohio State), Bill Snyder ( Kansas State), Bill O’Brien ( Penn State), Mark Richt ( Georgia), Nick Saban ( Alabama), Kevin Sumlin ( Texas A&M), Dabo Swinney ( Clemson) and Charlie Strong ( Louisville).
The winner will be determined by a vote of a College Football Hall of Fame committee (55%), media (25%) and fans (20%).
UCLA had a 6-8 record in 2011. In Mora's first season, the Bruins are 9-3 and will play in the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl.