BREAKING: UCLA Fires Head Football Coach Jim Mora

The UCLA Bruins have fired head football coach Jim Mora, the school announced in a statement.

"Making a coaching change is never easy, but it's an especially difficult decision when you know that a coach has given his all to our University," athletics director Dan Guerrero said. "Jim helped reestablish our football program, and was instrumental in so many ways in moving the program forward. 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.

"I am grateful for the willingness of Josh [Rebholz], Casey [Wasserman] and Troy [Aikman] to help us recruit the very best coach to Westwood, as their advice and counsel will be indispensable. We have no set timeline to make a hire but will move as expediently and comprehensively as possible. We will not comment on the search or candidates until we announce a hire, and I would remind our passionate supporters that speculation, rumors and innuendo are just that."

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It looked like Mora was ready to lead the Bruins back in the national title mix following a Pac-12 South title in 2012, his first season with the program. However, UCLA is trending in the wrong direction, posting records below .500 each of the last two seasons. 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.

With a star quarterback in Josh Rosen and a number of top recruiting classes, Mora has the talent to win big - and he hasn't been able to do that.

He went 46-30 in his six years in charge of the Bruins but was just 28-26 in Pac-12 play and 17-19 overall in the past three seasons.

Offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch, who is in his first year with the program, will take over as interim head coach.

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