UCLA fires OL coach Adrian Klemm

Offensive line coach Adrian Klemm was a respected recruiter, but struggled to develop consistent production on the offensive line. (Photo courtesy UCLA Athletics)

Offensive line coach Adrian Klemm was a respected recruiter, but struggled to develop consistent production on the offensive line. (Photo courtesy UCLA Athletics)

UCLA has parted ways with offensive line coach and run game coordinator Adrian Klemm, sources confirmed Sunday night.

Klemm, who came to UCLA with head coach Jim Mora prior to the 2011 season, was the highest-paid assistant coach at a public Pac-12 school last season. His contract worth $760,000 was set to expire this June. The 39-year-old coach earns the majority of his salary as one of UCLA’s top recruiters.

Despite his reputation as an effective recruiter, Klemm is under a two-year show-cause order for organizing training services and housing for two recruits in March 2014.

The UCLA offensive line struggled with injuries and depth issues this past season as the Bruins were one of the worst offenses in the Pac-12. After losing three starters from the 2015 offensive line that gave up only 14 sacks, the Bruins gave up 24 sacks this season and were ranked 127th in the country in rushing offense.

Scout.com first reported the news.

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UCLA flips three-star tight end Moses Robinson-Carr from Oregon

UCLA landed a verbal commitment from three-star tight end Moses Robinson-Carr on Sunday at the end of the Antelope Valley High prospect’s official visit. Robinson-Carr committed to Oregon in June last year, but withdrew his pledge to the Ducks in December in the midst of a coaching staff change in Eugene.

Robinson-Carr (6 foot 5, 260 pounds, according to Scout) is UCLA’s second tight end commit for the class of 2017 and the program’s sixth verbal commit in the month of January. UCLA offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch has history working in an offense that emphasizes the tight end as Michigan’s Jake Butt won the Big Ten Tight End of the Year Award in each of the past two years.
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OC Jedd Fisch becomes highest-paid UCLA assistant

FILE - In this April 1, 2016, file photo, Michigan quarterbacks coach Jedd Fisch, left, signals to players on the field form the sideline, watched by Michigan quarterback Shane Morris (7), during the NCAA college football team's annual spring game at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich. Morris, the No. 3 quarterback in the 2013 class according to a 247Sports Composite, has started only two college games and hasn’t thrown a single touchdown pass. (AP Photo/Tony Ding, File)

Michigan quarterbacks coach Jedd Fisch, left, here with Wolverines quarterback Shane Morris, will take over as offensive coordinator for UCLA. (AP Photo/Tony Ding, File)

For coming to UCLA, offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch signed a two-year contract worth $810,000 a season, making him the second-highest paid assistant coach at a public Pac-12 school behind Oregon defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt.

Here’s how Fisch’s salary breaks down:

  • $250,000 per year base salary
  • $244,000 per year talent fee
  • $150,000 one-time signing fee
  • $156,000 retention bonus for first contract year (if Fisch remains with staff on Dec. 15, 2017)
  • $306,000 total retention bonus for second contract year
    • $150,000 if Fisch is still on the staff on June 15, 2018
    • $156,000 is Fisch is still on staff on Dec. 15, 2018
  • $10,000 for camps that Fisch works

Leavitt signed a four-year contract paying $1.15 million per year in December, according to the Oregonian. Last year, only 12 assistants in college football made more than $1 million.

Fisch’s contract eclipses that of offensive line coach Adrian Klemm, who was the highest paid assistant coach at a public Pac-12 school in 2016. Klemm made $760,000 last season.

According to M Live, Fisch was scheduled to make $750,000 at Michigan this year, where he would have been in his second year as the passing game coordinator and quarterbacks and wide receivers coach. He made $700,000 during his first year in Ann Arbor.

Fisch’s contract includes a unique clause that terminates employment in the event that head coach Jim Mora leaves or is fired. Unlike the contracts from other UCLA assistants, Fisch’s contract will end 30 days after the hiring of a new head coach. In the event of head coach departure, the other assistant coaches have contracts that continue until their respective ending dates.

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Three-star offensive lineman Jax Wacaser commits to UCLA

UCLA picked up a commitment from three-star offensive lineman Jax Wacaser on Wednesday, bringing the class of 2017’s total to 14 commits with exactly three weeks left until National Signing Day.

Wacaser, an offensive tackle from Arizona’s Saguaro High, was also considering Cal, Utah, Vanderbilt and Virginia, among others.

The 6-foot-4, 250-pound prospect is the No. 4 offensive tackle in Arizona, according to Scout. He is UCLA’s third offensive line commit for this recruiting class, joining Jaxon Kirkland and Kanan Ray.

Of the Bruins’ 14 commits, nine are primarily defensive players, while three of the five offensive players are linemen. UCLA is still lacking a true receiver in this class outside of tight end Jimmy Jaggers.

UCLA’s commits so far:

  • DE Jaelan Phillips
  • OL Kanan Ray
  • OLB Rahyme Johnson
  • DT Martin Andrus
  • DB/WR Jaylan Shaw
  • TE Jimmy Jaggers
  • OL Jaxson Kirkland
  • DB Quentin Lake
  • QB Austin Burton
  • DE Cassius Peat
  • DT Greg Rogers
  • DB Darnay Holmes
  • DE My-King Johnson (said to be a soft verbal commit)
  • OL Jax Wacaser
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Bovada releases early national championship odds for 2017 football season

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Bovada’s odds for the 2017 college football season national champion

One day after Clemson’s epic national championship victory over Alabama, Las Vegas started looking toward the 2017 college football season.

Bovada released its odds for the 2018 College Football Playoff national championship and UCLA has the third-best odds for a Pac-12 team at 50/1. USC leads the Pac-12 at 9/1, followed by Washington at 40/1. This year’s runner up Alabama has the best odds to win the whole thing.

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