Kennedy Polamalu out as UCLA OC/RB coach

Offensive coordinator Kennedy Polamalu works through drills with fullback Cameron Griffin. Photo by Brad Graverson // Daily Breeze

Offensive coordinator Kennedy Polamalu works through drills with fullback Cameron Griffin. Photo by Brad Graverson // Daily Breeze

About 17 hours after UCLA left Cal’s Memorial Stadium with its worst season since 2010, the school announced that offensive coordinator and running backs coach Kennedy Polamalu would not return next year.

Polamalu’s contract will not be renewed after UCLA’s new offense proved to be one of the worst in recent school history. The team ended the year at 127th out of 128 FBS teams in rushing and couldn’t even reach the 100-yard rushing mark against Cal’s defense, which was also ranked 127th in the country entering Saturday’s game.

The school said it will begin its search for a replacement immediately.

More on the coaching change.

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Wrapping up UCLA’s 36-10 loss to Cal

UCLA quarterback Mike Fafaul (12) throws a pass against California during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, in Berkeley, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

UCLA quarterback Mike Fafaul (12) throws a pass against California during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, in Berkeley, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

UCLA’s disappointing season only could have ended this way.

In a fitting finale, the Bruins flopped in a season-ending 36-10 loss to Cal. UCLA finishes at 4-8, 2-7 Pac-12.

The Bruins couldn’t even gain 100 rushing yards against Cal, whose rushing defense was allowing 290.1 yards per game before Saturday night. The Bears got enough pressure on Mike Fafaul to shake the quarterback in the pocket, and the once-mighty secondary also succumbed to the trials of a dismal year.

Links to wrap it up:

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Video: Kennedy Polamalu, Tom Bradley on Cal loss

Offensive coordinator Kennedy Polamalu talks about why the offense struggled so much this season, the importance of physicality and how he thinks he did in his first year calling plays.

Defensive coordinator Tom Bradley talks about what went wrong for the Bruins against Cal and what the loss to Fabian Moreau meant to the secondary.

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