UCLA is paying Jim Mora a lot of money to not be the Bruins head coach next season and beyond - about $12 million, according to USA Today's buyout database. "Jim helped reestablish our football program, and was instrumental in so many ways in moving the program forward". Meanwhile, Mora is the 25th highest paid coach in college football and when rankings don't meet paychecks you're likely to be out of a job in the world of college football. Mora leaves Los Angeles with a 46-30 record. "We thank Jim and his family for his service to our school and his unquestionable commitment to our student-athletes".
Offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch, who is in his first year with the program, will take over as interim head coach.
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. But UCLA finished 4-8 past year with one of the nation's worst offenses, and its record hasn't improved significantly this season despite getting a full season from Rosen, who missed the second half of 2016 with a shoulder injury.
The Bruins won 10 games in Mora's second and third seasons, tying the modest school record for victories in a season.
UCLA fires head coach Jim Mora
The terms of Mora's contract will be honored by UCLA Athletics, exclusively using department-generated funds.
Rosen has been anointed as a potential No. 1 pick since he arrived on campus, but even though he continues to look like a budding pro star, UCLA has gone 17-19 in the past three seasons, losing to USC each year.
Mora coached the Falcons from 2004-06. Rosen's 350 passing yards per game haven't been enough.
Per 247Sports' Bruin Report Online, that big name is former OR coach Chip Kelly.