UCLA fires head coach Jim Mora

Nov 20, 2017, 01:10
UCLA fires head coach Jim Mora

The UCLA Bruins have fired head football coach Jim Mora, the school announced in a statement.

UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero announced the move in a release.

UCLA dismissed Mora on Sunday with one game left in the regular season.

"Making a coaching change is never easy, but it's an especially hard decision when you know that a coach has given his all to our university", athletic director Dan Guerrero said in a statement released by the university. Offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch will serve as interim head coach.

In 2016, Mora signed a contract extension through 2021, which paid him $3.55 million in 2017, according to ESPN.

The extraordinary buyout indicates the depth of frustration in Westwood with Mora, whose program has declined precipitously since 2015.

It's possible. If UCLA were to hire McElwain to come coach the Bruins, that would leave the door wide open for the Gators to go get Kelly. "Most importantly, I want to thank the student-athletes that I've had the privilege to work with".

Guerrero said his coaching search will be aided by wealthy Bruins booster Casey Wasserman and Hall of Famer and former UCLA quarterback Troy Aikman. Rosen has returned strong from shoulder surgery this fall, even leading the second-biggest comeback in college football history, when UCLA erased a 34-point deficit to beat Texas A&M in Week 1.

Mora's Bruins had slipped to 73rd in the S&P+ rankings. In 2013 and 2014, the Bruins tied a season record with 10 victories, capping each year with a bowl win. The Bruins haven't lost at the Rose Bowl all season, going 5-0.

He became the head coach for the Atlanta Falcons (2004-06) and spent two seasons (2007-08) as an assistant with the Seahawks, including a one-year stint as the head coach in 2009.

It's hard to imagine that Kelly won't be at or near the top of UCLA's list.

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