UCLA defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough and wide receiver coach Reggie Moore have been fired, the school announced on Saturday.
“The decisions to let Chuck and Reggie go were extremely difficult for me,” UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel said in a press release. “They are both good coaches who have worked extremely hard for our program and they are both great people. When you make decisions like these, it not only affects the coaches, but their families as well.
“However, at the end of the day, I felt that making these moves was in the best interest of the future of our program, I certainly want to thank both of them for their contributions and wish them good luck with their future opportunities. I will begin the search for a new defensive coordinator immediately. At the same time, I am continuing to evaluate the entire staff as we move forward.”
Bullough signed a contract renewal during the season but was let go after the 4-8 Bruins finished 95th in total defense, 85th in scoring defense and 108th against the run nationally.
Bullough was promoted to defensive coordinator in 2009 from linebackers coach, and behind a senior- and talent-laden group, the defense finished 39th in total defense.
Moore was one of head coach Rick Neuheisel’s first hires at UCLA, but production at the wideout position dropped this season as the passing game stalled in the new Pistol offense.
Speculation has run rampant recently about the state of the UCLA coaching staff, as Neuheisel had said he hoped to have quick decisions made, but hadn’t made any moves after his second 4-8 season in three years. Former UCLA defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker and Stanford defensive coordinator Vic Fangio have been widely rumored to be sought after.