Published: Mon, November 20, 2017
Sports | By Phillip Butler

UCLA Head Football Coach Fired After Loss to USC

UCLA Head Football Coach Fired After Loss to USC

Even if a bowl game is in the Bruins' future this season, moving forward with head coach Jim Mora may not.

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. The school announced that Mora's contract will be "honored by UCLA Athletics, exclusively using department-generated funds".

"While his first four seasons at UCLA were very successful, the past two seasons have not met expectations, Guerrero said in the press release".

The Bruins won more than seven games just once in nine seasons before Mora's arrival. 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. Guerrero will be assisted in the search by Senior Associate Athletic Director Josh Rebholz, Bruin alumnus and supporter Casey Wasserman and former Bruin football great Troy Aikman.

Mora was 46-30 with the Bruins, but is only 17-19 since the first three seasons.

However, over the last two years, the Bruins have cratered, going 9-14 with a 5-12 mark in conference play.

The best candidate to do that is the most obvious one, Chip Kelly, the former Oregon, Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers head coach who has been mentioned anytime a job has come open in the past year. The former National Football League head coach led the Falcons to a 26-22 record in three seasons. Through 11 games, UCLA ranks fourth in the Pac-12 in points per game (34.1) and third in total offense (466.0 yards per game).

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