Jim Mora fired as UCLA football coach after USC loss

Kristopher Nichols
November 20, 2017

UCLA fired football coach Jim Mora on Sunday with one regular-season game left in his sixth season.

"Jim helped re-establish our football program, and was instrumental in so many ways in moving the program forward", Guerrero said in a statement.

UCLA is the third Power 5 job to come open in the last four weeks, following Florida and Tennessee. "We thank Jim and his family for his service to our school and his unquestionable commitment to our student-athletes".

However, over the last two years, the Bruins have cratered, going 9-14 with a 5-12 mark in conference play. Offensive Coordinator Jedd Fisch will serve as interim head coach for the remainder of the Bruins' season.

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Mora's successor will be charged with a few goals: keeping pace with USC and leading the Bruins to their first Pac-12 championship since 1998.

The terms of Mora's contract will be honored by UCLA Athletics, exclusively using department-generated funds.

Mora was 46-30 with the Bruins, but is only 17-19 since the first three seasons. Under Mora, Bruin teams produced four of the top five best total offensive season outputs in school history. Rosen's 350 passing yards per game haven't been enough.

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. The Bruins also announced that they would conduct a "national search" for the next head coach, with a group that includes Troy Aikman participating in finding the next leader of the program. UCLA could land a bowl game with a victory over Cal on Friday.

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