UCLA fires football coach Jim Mora late in 6th season

LOS ANGELES (AP) — UCLA fired football coach Jim Mora on Sunday with one regular-season game left in his sixth season.

Athletic director Dan Guerrero announced the shocking move one day after rival Southern California’s 28-23 victory over UCLA (5-6, 3-5 Pac-12). Offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch will coach the Bruins in their regular-season home finale against California on Friday night.

UCLA must pay more than $12 million to buy out the remainder of Mora’s contract, which runs through 2021. The school announced that Mora’s contract will be “honored by UCLA Athletics, exclusively using department-generated funds.”

The extraordinary buyout indicates the depth of frustration in Westwood with Mora, whose tenure got off to an outstanding start before a precipitous decline. The Bruins even fired Mora on his 56th birthday.

“Jim helped re-establish our football program, and

Article source: https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/2017/11/19/ucla-fires-coach-jim-mora-after-4th-straight-loss-to-usc/107852550/

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