Redskins' Lou Spanos Named New UCLA DC, According To Report

Rick Neuheisel was out as UCLA head coach after fielding a sub-.500 division champion. He's been replaced by former NFL coach Jim Mora, Jr.

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Lou Spanos Leaving Redskins For UCLA Coaching Staff, According To Report

Washington Redskins linebacker coach Lou Spanos will leave to take over the UCLA Bruins defensive coordinator position under new coach Jim Mora, according to the Los Angeles Times' Chris Foster. Spanos has spent three years running the Skins' linebacking corps, previously serving as Pittsburgh Steelers defensive quality control from 1995 through 2008.

He has no apparent college experience other than coaching linebackers for a year for the Tulsa Golden Hurricane after his playing career ended. Mora himself has slim college experience, however, and the Bruins are doing just fine on the recruiting trail, so that might not be all that big of a problem.

UCLA's defensive staff is now complete, including former Arizona State coordinator Noel Mazzone as the OC, as they've reached the NCAA staff limit. Mora, a coach with a defensive background, is expected to have a large role in the Bruins' defensive attack.

For more on the parties involved, be sure to check out UCLA blog Bruins Nation and Redskins blog Hogs Haven.


Jim Mora, Jr. Gets Five-Year UCLA Football Coaching Contract

The UCLA Bruins have officially announced new head coach Jim Mora, Jr., who replaces the fired Rick Neuheisel. Mora's previous head coaching experience: stints with the Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks. He's landed a five-year, $12 million deal in Westwood.

"As someone who has been around the game of football my entire life, I have always held the UCLA job in the highest esteem," said Mora. "Given its location and its tradition, UCLA is truly a sleeping giant and I realize that an opportunity of this magnitude doesn't present itself more than once in a career, so I jumped at the chance to be a Bruin."

Mora proclaimed himself a candidate for both the UCLA and Arizona State jobs a few days ago, all several years after declaring the Washington Huskies gig to be his dream job. The man likes the Pac-12, and there's nothing wrong with that. He's also the only defensive-minded coach to join the conference this time around, which has suddenly become a showcase of offensive coaches.

For more on UCLA, visit SB Nation Los Angeles and Pacific Takes. And here's our 2011 Coaching Carousel Tracker.


Rick Neuheisel Expected To Be Fired At End Of Season, According To Report

UCLA football head coach Rick Neuheisel is expected to be fired at the end of the season, according to The Los Angeles Times' Chris Foster, who cites "influential people close to the program who did not want to be identified publicly because the decision was not final."

The Bruins lost to cross-town rival USC Saturday in embarrassing fashion in a 50-0 defeat. Yet, UCLA will play in the Pac-12 title game because USC is banned from postseason play.

Dan Guerrero, UCLA's athletic director, will sit down with Neuheisel after the season to discuss the future, a meeting that could take place after next weekend's conference championship game against Oregon.

When asked if he knew of his job security, Neuheisel was blunt in response;

"I have no idea. All I'm trying to do is my best."

Neuheisel is 21-28 in four seasons with the Bruins, including a 3-25 record against teams that finished with a winning record.

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