UCLA has fired football coach Jim Mora after six seasons a day after the Bruins lost to rival Southern California for the fourth straight year.
Offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch will serve as interim head coach for the remainder of the season.
Athletic director Dan Guerrero announced the move Sunday — on Mora’s 56th birthday.
UCLA fell 28-23 at USC on Saturday night to drop to 5-6 on the season. The Bruins can still become bowl-eligible with a victory against California on Saturday, but the team has not met preseason expectations.
“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,” Guerrero said in a statement. “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.”
Mora compiled a 46-30 record with the Bruins, leading the school to a pair of school-record-tying 10-win seasons and winning the Pac-12 South in 2013.
The former NFL coach won 29 games in his first three seasons, but with starting quarterback Josh Rosen, UCLA is 17-19 since 2015, including 10-16 in the Pac-12.