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UConn picks a new coach, in hopes of turning around its football team

Jim Mora
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PALO ALTO, CA - SEPTEMBER 23: Head coach Jim Mora of the UCLA Bruins reacts after his defensive back Adarius Pickett #6 was disqualified from the game against the Stanford Cardinal during the first quarter of their NCAA football game at Stanford Stadium on September 23, 2017 in Palo Alto, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

UConn has named a new head coach for its struggling football team.

Jim Mora has previously been a head coach on the college level at UCLA.

In the NFL he led the Falcons and the Seahawks.

He has not coached in college or the NFL since 2017.

Mora will officially become head coach the day after the Huskies' football season ends.

Until then, he will technically be an assistant coach, to allow him to recruit players on the school's behalf.

Mora signed a 5-year contract.

He will make at least $1.5-million in his first year, with $100-thousand annual raises.

Mora is also eligible for as much as $200-thousand per year in additional performance incentives, based on how the team does on the field, while meeting academic standards.

Mora can take home a total of half a million dollars in retention bonuses, if he stays on the job through 2026.

UConn fired the previous head coach Randy Edsall early in the season, as the Huskies began the year with a string of deflating losses.

Matt Dwyer is a producer for Where We Live and a reporter and midday host for Connecticut Public's news department.

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