UCLA Director of Athletics Dan Guerrero announced Sunday that head football coach Jim Mora has been relieved of his duties, effective immediately. Offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch will serve as interim head coach for the remainder of the season.
“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,” said Guerrero. “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.”
The terms of Mora’s contract will be honored by UCLA Athletics, exclusively using department-generated funds.
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 2013 Sun Bowl and the 2014 Alamo Bowl. Under Mora, Bruin teams produced four of the top five best total offensive season outputs in school history. Twenty-five Bruins were selected in the NFL draft during Mora’s tenure.
A national search for a new head coach will begin immediately. Guerrero will be assisted in the search by Senior Associate Athletic Director Josh Rebholz, Bruin alumnus and supporter Casey Wasserman and former Bruin football great Troy Aikman.
“I am grateful for the willingness of Josh, Casey and Troy to help us recruit the very best coach to Westwood, as their advice and counsel will be indispensable,” said Guerrero. “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.”