Candidates to replace Jim Mora

UCLA fires football coach Jim Mora

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Mora's Bruins began the season with an improbable comeback against Texas A&M.

The UCLA Bruins slipped to 5-6 and lost to the USC Trojans, their main rival, once again. The puts the record of Mora - who previously coached the Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks - at 46-30 overall and 28-26 since taking over the Bruins.

"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 UCLA Director of Athletics Dan Guerrero in a statement.

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UCLA has announced that head coach Jim Mora Jr. has been fired.

Jedd Fisch, Michigan's former quarterbacks and wide receivers coach and passing-game coordinator, was named interim head football coach at the Los Angeles-based school on Sunday.

UCLA's home attendance declined this year to by far its lowest mark in the Mora era and fans became increasingly vocal in calling for his firing, with some paying for planes to fly over the Rose Bowl on November 11 with messages criticizing the program.

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"(Mora) helped re-establish our football program, and was instrumental in so many ways in moving the program forward", said athletic director Dan Guerrero, who announced the move.

Mora won one Pac 12 South title in his tenure.

That will be reduced or eliminated if he takes another head coaching job prior to the end of the buyout terms, which will be about four years.

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Kelly is among the hottest candidates in college coaching at the moment. A Kelly protégé, UCF head coach Scott Frost, has also been mentioned for every major opening, but Florida or Nebraska may be more likely. Although, it seems unlikely that UCLA would call McElwain before Kelly.

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