UCLA fires head coach Jim Mora


Kelly is apparently on UCLA's short list of candidates, along with - get ready for it - Jim McElwain. He posted a 46-30 record during his six-year stint at UCLA.

On Sunday, the day after a rivalry loss to USC, UCLA announced that it has relieved head football coach Jim Mora of his duties near the end of his sixth season. "Jim helped reestablish our football program, and was instrumental in so many ways in moving the program forward". After posting four winning records and two Top 25 finishes in his first four years, Mora struggled to put a competent team on the field the past two seasons. "We thank Jim and his family for his service to our school and his unquestionable commitment to our student-athletes". The offense is ranked 18th in the S&P+ and that shows how great of an offensive mind interim coach Jedd Fisch is as the Bruins finished 2016 ranked 58th under long time USC and UCLA assistant Kennedy Polamalu. The former Interlake High graduate was a walk-on linebacker at Washington (1980-83.) and UW graduate assistant (1984).

The Bruins won 10 games in Mora's second and third seasons, tying the modest school record for victories in a season. UCLA missed the postseason a year ago after a 4-8 finish.

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UCLA must pay more than $12 million to buy out the remainder of Mora's contract, which runs through 2021.

The head coach was sacked on Sunday morning, following the Bruins' 28-23 loss to crosstown rival USC. UCLA joins Oregon State, Florida and Tennessee who are looking for head coaches. 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.