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December 18 2017, 02:48 | Van Peters
UCLA fires football coach Jim Mora
UCLA has announced that head coach Jim Mora Jr. has been fired. The Bruins finish the regular season at home against California on Friday, needing a win to be bowl-eligible.
UCLA announced that it would honor the terms of Mora's contract, which ran through the 2021 season and included a buyout of roughly $12 million, exclusively using athletic department-generated funds. "Jim helped reestablish our football program, and was instrumental in so many ways in moving the program forward".
UCLA still could become bowl-eligible with a season-ending victory over the Golden Bears (5-6) under Fisch, who joined the program from MI this season and immediately rebuilt the Bruins' offense into a solid unit. However, UCLA is trending in the wrong direction, posting records below.500 each of the last two seasons.
It was the third straight loss to USC for now 5-6 UCLA. Rosen is one of the best prospects in school history, even if the wins never quite followed.
Mora, the son of former Saints and Colts coach Jim Mora, joined UCLA in 2012 after several coaching stops in the National Football League, including the head jobs in Atlanta and Seattle.
Mora went 46-30 in his first significant collegiate coaching job, but the Bruins are on the brink of their second consecutive losing season despite a roster filled with elite recruits led by quarterback Josh Rosen.
Mora coached the Falcons from 2004-06. Kelly broke out as a coaching star on the West Coast in the Pac-12, introducing Oregon's up-tempo revolution on offense. A Kelly protégé, UCF head coach Scott Frost, has also been mentioned for every major opening, but Florida or Nebraska may be more likely.