Mora: Klemm firing ‘is in the best interest of the program’

UCLA football practice at California State University in San Bernardino, Saturday, Aug., 9, 2014. (Eric Reed/For LANG)

UCLA football practice at California State University in San Bernardino, Saturday, Aug., 9, 2014. (Eric Reed/For LANG)

UCLA officially announced the firing of offensive line coach and run game coordinator Adrian Klemm on Monday. Reports of the coaching change surfaced Sunday night.

The Bruins have coaching vacancies at running back and offensive line with National Signing Day quickly approaching on Feb. 1. UCLA just split with one of its top recruiters and has only three offensive line commits: Kanan Ray from Sierra Canyon High, Jaxson Kirkland from Jesuit High in Portland, Ore., and Jax Wacaser from Saguaro High in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Here is head coach Jim Mora‘s full statement on the firing, released by the school:

“Adrian is a friend, which makes change difficult sometimes. But right now, this is what is in the best interest of the program. I know Adrian will be successful in all his future endeavors. He has played a major role in the lives of the young men he has coached and mentored here in Westwood, many of whom now have careers in the NFL. I want to thank him for that commitment to our student-athletes over the years and his dedication to this program.  Most of all, I want to wish him all the best moving forward.”

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UCLA weekend recap: Women’s basketball nets home sweep

Monique Billings‘ career-high 30 points led the No. 17 UCLA women’s basketball team to a 79-63 win over Oregon at Pauley Pavilion on Sunday, capping off a two-game home sweep for the Bruins this weekend.

Billings added 14 rebounds against the Ducks, while Jordin Canada nearly notched a triple-double (13 points, 13 assists, eight rebounds). The Bruins extended their home winning streak to 22 straight.

UCLA (13-4, 4-2 Pac-12) took down Oregon State 66-56 on Friday night, bouncing back after getting swept on the road last week in Washington.

Elsewhere around UCLA athletics:

  • Gymnastics lost to No. 2 Oklahoma 198.025-196.825, but improved its previous score by more than one point. Kyla Ross and Christine Lee tied for first on bars with scores of 9.925 for No. 8 UCLA’s only event title of the night.
  • Men’s volleyball (4-1) swept UC San Diego on Saturday in dominant fashion (25-15, 25-13, 25-17).
  • Women’s water polo (2-0) started its season with two commanding victories at the LouStrong Invitational, beating San Jose State 20-1 on Saturday and UC Davis 15-1 on Sunday.
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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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UCLA narrowly earns first Pac-12 road sweep of Alford era


A one-point win for the No. 4 team in the country against the team picked to finish eighth in the Pac-12 doesn’t appear very impressive on the surface. But UCLA’s 83-82 win Saturday at Utah was monumental for Steve Alford.

Coupled with Thursday’s win at Colorado, it was the first conference road sweep for UCLA in the Alford era, which is in its fourth season. Escaping Salt Lake City with a win was extremely significant for UCLA, considering its weaknesses on defense were on display most of the game.

One of the knocks on the Bruins as they rose to No. 2 in the country earlier this season was that they hadn’t faced much adversity. Games like Saturday’s are proving UCLA’s mettle. It has been in a handful of tight games now and has lost just one.

For a team with freshmen as its two best players to overcome a nine-point second-half deficit on the road early in conference play is no small feat. UCLA will have plenty to assess in the film room this week, but Alford will undoubtedly be administering his thoughts with a smile on his face.

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