UCLA fires Jim Mora after six seasons as Chip Kelly rumors surface

22 Noviembre, 2017, 00:04 | Author: Thomas Hicks
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In six seasons at UCLA, Mora compiled a 46-30 record, leading the Bruins to a pair of school record-tying 10-win seasons, winning the PAC-12 South in 2013 and taking the Bruins to four bowl games, including victories in the Sun Bowl (2013) and Alamo Bowl (2014).

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.

Former Oregon coach Chip Kelly is likely to be a top target for the Bruins, who had an incompetent offense last season before Fisch fixed it this fall.

Fisch and the two players who spoke to the media Monday morning all said they were surprised when they heard news of the firing, which the team received from Mora himself at an 11 a.m. team meeting Sunday.

"Making a coaching change is never easy, but it's an especially hard decision when you know that a coach has given his all to our University", said Guerrero.

UCLA outgained USC 421-264 in the rivals' crosstown showdown on Saturday night, but Trojans coach Clay Helton improved to 3-0 against Mora.

Senior center Scott Quessenberry said he learned of Mora's fate when the coach called him; Quessenberry had driven home to San Diego that morning. "I know I wasn't".

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"I just didn't think it was going to happen at all". "Unfortunately in this business, changes are made (even) when you still have games left to play". "Everyone on this team loved coach Mora, there's no denying that".

The school announced that Mora has been fired after the loss dropped the Bruins to 5-6.

Mora's eight-figure buyout also made the deal surprising. "I think everyone on the team would say that too".

A national search for a new head coach will begin immediately.

Quessenberry endorsed Fisch's candidacy as Mora's replacement, citing his revival of an offense that ranks No. 6 nationally in passing (341 yards per game), No. 21 in total offense (466 yards per game) and No. 31 in scoring offense (34.1 points per game).

"I think you guys saw the social media posts and all the stuff going on", Quessenberry said. " ... I think if they're thinking about coach Fisch as the guy, I think it would be a really wise decision". "I think he would do a great job, but that's not my decision to make".

Fisch left MI earlier this year to make UCLA the 12 stop in a coaching career that has spanned two decades.

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