After back-to-back disappointing seasons, the UCLA Bruins fired head coach Jim Mora. Even though he finished with a 46-30 record in his six seasons with UCLA, the Bruins won just nine of their last 23 games under Mora.
"Jim helped reestablish our football program, and was instrumental in so many ways in moving the program forward," UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero said in the statement. "While his first four seasons at UCLA were very successful, the past two seasons have not met expectations. We thank Jim and his family for his service to our school and his unquestionable commitment to our student-athletes."
The final straw for the program came when UCLA fell to their rival USC Trojans, 28-23, on Saturday. Mora was fired the very next day, which also happened to be his 56th birthday. Mora released a statement of his own earlier today, thanking the school for the opportunity, and expressing his gratitude towards the student-athletes he coached along the way.
"I would like to thank Dan Guerrero and the University administration for giving me the chance to work at a great institution for the past six years," the statement reads. "Coaching student-athletes at UCLA has been the most rewarding experience of my career, and I know the future is bright for the program."
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