UCLA fires head football coach Jim Mora

University of California, Los Angeles Director of Athletics Dan Guerrero announced today that Head Football Coach Jim Mora has been relieved of his duties, effective immediately. "Jim helped reestablish our football program, and was instrumental in so many ways in moving the program forward". 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. "We thank Jim and his family for his service to our school and his unquestionable commitment to our student-athletes".

There is no word on who will coach the Bruins for their regular season finale against Cal on November 24, but it is a big game for the team, as they will become bowl eligible with a win. UCLA missed the postseason past year after a 4-8 finish.

Mora, the son of the long-time National Football League coach of the same name, is reportedly due a $12.275 million buyout for being fired with four seasons left on his contract.


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.

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. A loss to USC on Saturday dropped the Bruins to 5-6 on the year, ensuring they won't finish with a winning record during the regular season. The defense has let down the Bruins this season, with particularly very bad run defense under veteran coordinator Tom Bradley and Mora, a longtime defensive coach.


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