Published: Sun, November 19, 2017
Health | By Jay Jacobs

UCLA Head Football Coach Fired After Loss to USC

UCLA Head Football Coach Fired After Loss to USC

Following a 28-23 loss on Saturday against cross-city rival USC and six days ahead of the regular-season finale, UCLA fired coach Jim Mora, the school announced Sunday morning.

Athletic director Dan Guerrero announced the decision and said offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch would take over the program on an interim basis for the rest of the 2017 season.

The Bruins won more than seven games just once in nine seasons before Mora's arrival.

"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", Guerrero said.

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.

It was the third straight loss to USC for now 5-6 UCLA. "We thank Jim and his family for his service to our school and his unquestionable commitment to our student-athletes". Mora reportedly made $3.55 million this season.

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.

"We have no set timeline to make a hire but will move as expediently and comprehensively as possible", Guerrero said.

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. After a couple successful years as offensive coordinator, Kelly went 46-7 in four seasons as the Ducks' head coach with three conference titles and an appearance in the national championship game.

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