Not so fast: Mora says he's 'not going anywhere' amid coaching rumors

BY foxsports • December 18, 2014

It's that time of year when a handful of college football programs are in search of a new head coach, which usually leads to endless amounts of rumors that involve coaches under contract.

Enter UCLA head coach Jim Mora, who Vegas betmakers placed 8-1 odds on him becoming the next leading man at the University of Michigan. Mora is only behind current San Franscisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh, who now reportedly has an offer from Michigan on the table.

While Vegas seems to be in the vicinity of correctness more often than not, the Bruins' head coach is making sure everyone knows he's not going anywhere.

"I'm very happy at UCLA, Mora said Wednesday on the 'Petros and Money Show' on Fox Sports Radio 570-AM in Los Angeles. "Those rumors are not coming from me. This is a place where I want to stay and build something special. I think we're on our way toward that, but I think we've got a long way to go."

Mora is coming off a 9-3 season of which saw very high expectations fall very short in the end, mostly due to injuries and inconsistent play. UCLA started the 2014 season with hopes of being one of the four teams to square off in the first-ever College Football Playoff, instead, the Bruins will meet No. 11 Kansas State in the Alamo Bowl.

"We're a very young team," the coach went on to say. "It's building something I believe will be special. Sometimes when you want to do it the right way and you want it to be prepetual, it takes a little bit more time than maybe some people would like. I'm one of those people. It takes more time than I'd like, but we're trying to do it the right way, and we're in it for the long run. It's a compliment, not to me, but to everybody in this program when people start to mention the head coach for other jobs. But I'm not going anywhere."

Well then, it's settled ... until this same time next year when more coaching rumors pop up.

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