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Football World Reacts To The Surprising Jim Mora News

Jim Mora smirks at the camera while on the sidelines during a game.

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - JANUARY 13: Coach Jim Mora Jr. looks on prior to the College Football Playoff National Championship game between the Clemson Tigers and the LSU Tigers at Mercedes Benz Superdome on January 13, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The University of Connecticut found itself in need of a new head football coach after mutually agreeing to part ways with Randy Edsall at the end of the year. The Huskies responded by making a huge splash with their hire this week.

UConn announced on Thursday morning that it has agreed to a deal with former NFL and UCLA coach Jim Mora to become the next leader of the school's football program. The news was first reported by Yahoo Sports' Pete Thamel and confirmed by the university a short while later.

"I am excited to have the opportunity to become the head football coach at the University of Connecticut," Mora said in a statement from the school. "UConn possesses a nationally-recognized academic and athletics brand and I am thrilled to become a member of the community that makes up UConn Nation. This program is loaded with potential, and I look forward to getting to know the student-athletes on the team and am eager to get to work!"

Mora, 59, boasts a strong pedigree as the son of longtime NFL head coach Jim Mora Sr. and a wealth of experience at both the professional and college level. After working as an assistant in the NFL for nearly two decades in the 1980's and 90's, he took over as the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons from 2004-06 and the Seattle Seahawks in 2009. After he was replaced in Seattle by Pete Carroll, Mora went on to UCLA, where he coached from 2012-17. He led the Bruins to the Pac 12 Championship game in his first year and posted a 46-30 overall record during his time as head coach. Now on his way to UConn, Mora will face a far more difficult task in trying to turn around the program. The Huskies are 1-8 this year, and haven't won more than three games since the 2015 campaign. Nevertheless, Connecticut was able entice Mora and get him to sign on the dotted line. Fans and media members around the college football world reacted to the school's ability to land such a big name as well as Mora's decision to take over the Huskies.

Mora will be designated as an assistant coach with UConn for the remainder of the year, so he can be involved in recruiting.

Once the Huskies' season ends, he'll take over the top job and begin his work to turn the struggling program around.