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A closer look at Jim Mora's contract extension at UCLA

When UCLA announced that Jim Mora had agreed to a two-year contract extension through 2021 a month ago, there wasn't much fanfare or detail. It looked like one of those "extensions" that get press released so a program looks stable, which is critical in recruiting, particularly when a head coach's name seems to come up as often in coaching searches -- college and NFL -- as Mora's has.

But this breakdown from Bruins Nation is interesting. Here's a guess that UCLA fans in particular will like it.

Mora's extension didn't include a raise -- he's set to be paid $3.45 million in 2016 with $100,000 annual raises written into his 2013 deal -- but it did include notable changes.

  • It includes upgraded incentives for academics (the NCAA's Academic Progress Rate or APR).

  • It includes incentives for success on the field.

  • It includes a bigger buyout.

So, win-win-win for UCLA.

As far as academics, here's how Bruins Nation explains it:

He earns an extra $10K if the APR equals 940 or higher, another $10K if it equals 950 or higher, another $10K if it equals 960 or higher, another $15K if it equals 970 or higher, another $15K if it equals 980 or higher and, finally, another $25K if it equals 990 or higher.

Considering UCLA's APR has been in the 970s under Mora -- a strong number ranking in the top-third of the Pac-12 -- he stands to make a nice bonus if things make even a slight improvement.

The football incentives are pretty simple. If UCLA finishes in the top 10, Mora pockets $25,000. If the Bruins finish in the top 5, he gets $50,000.

UCLA administrators would tell you that's a bargain, as the school will pocket a lot more than that just with additional ticket and merchandise sales if the Bruins finish a season ranked, say, No. 4.

Finally, Mora's buyout increased from $1.375 million to $2 million if he opts to leave for another job before Jan. 17, 2017. While that sum won't stop highly-motivated parties, it's also not an insubstantial amount, one that might at least preclude a seemingly lateral move.

Mora, 54, is 37-16 in four seasons at UCLA, which ties the school record for wins over a four-year span. While Bruins fans are frustrated with not winning a Pac-12 title, the program is on a decided uptick under Mora, and that includes recruiting, where Mora has made inroads in Southern California against USC.

The devil is often in the details when it comes to contracts. UCLA fans probably can see something Bruin in the details here.