"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. "We thank Jim and his family for his service to our school and his unquestionable commitment to our student-athletes". In six seasons with the Bruins, Mora compiled a 46-30 record.
According to the Bruins, a search for Mora's replacement is already underway, and former Bruins and National Football League star Troy Aikman will assist in the search. UCLA said the terms will be honored and covered by department-generated funds. The defeat dropped their 2017 record to 5-6, meaning they'll have to beat California at home on Friday to avoid a second straight season without a bowl trip. But the last two seasons have seen the program take a step back: it finished 4-8 past year, and is 5-6 and in danger of missing the missing postseason following a 28-23 loss to No. 11 USC on Saturday.
UCLA is 17-19 since 2015 with Rosen in the program, including 10-16 in the Pac-12.
He became the head coach for the Atlanta Falcons (2004-06) and spent two seasons (2007-08) as an assistant with the Seahawks, including a one-year stint as the head coach in 2009.
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. The university made the decision after UCLA fell to USC Saturday 28-23. Rosen's 350 passing yards per game haven't been enough.