The UConn Huskies are reportedly calling on a big-time coaching name to help turn their struggling football program around.
According to reports from college football insider Pete Thamel on Thursday morning, the Huskies are planning to hire former NFL head coach Jim Mora Jr. as the team's new leader.
A deal is expected to be finalized sometime in the near future, per Thamel.
Mora, the son of longtime NFL head coach Jim Mora Sr., spent decades as an assistant in the NFL before taking over as head coach of the Atlanta Falcons from 2004-06. He also spent a one-year stint as head coach of the Seattle Seahawks in 2009.
In 2012, Mora made the transition to the college game. Through six seasons as the head coach of the UCLA Bruins, the seasoned coach amassed a 46-30 overall record -- including two 10-3 seasons and two bowl-game victories in 2013-2014.
Mora, 59, would have his work cut out for him as head coach of the UConn program. At 1-8 this year, the Huskies haven't had a season with more than three wins since 2015.
The hiring of Mora would show a commitment to improving this struggling football program -- something the UConn athletic department has preached amidst this most recent dud of a season.
If Mora is to be hired as reported, he would replace longtime UConn head coach Randy Edsall, who the university parted ways with back in September.
Looking for their second win of the season, the Huskies will travel to Clemson, SC to take on the Tigers this weekend.