Pregame graph: Examining the Jim Mora era

UCLA Bruins head coach Jim Mora with his team in the tunnel prior to a NCAA college football game against the USC Trojans at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

Jim Mora set out to start a “Bruin Revolution” when he came to UCLA. Nearly six seasons and a $75-million football facility later, the university is looking for someone to start a new wave.

Mora had the most successful first three years of any UCLA head coach, winning 29 games in that span. But disappointing results in the past two and a half years cost the 56-year-old head coach his job on Sunday.

Here’s a look at what Mora’s teams accomplished compared to the previous two head coaches, Rick Neuheisel and Karl Dorrell. Mora’s teams are highlighted in dark blue, Neuheisel’s teams are yellow and Dorrell’s teams are bright blue. Graphs are broken down by wins in each year and different offensive and defensive stats. Click through the categories using the drop-down menus or the arrows. Continue reading “Pregame graph: Examining the Jim Mora era” »

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Dorian Thompson-Robinson reaffirms UCLA commitment

Prized quarterback recruit Dorian Thompson-Robinson doubled-down on his UCLA commitment on Twitter on Monday, one day after the school fired Jim Mora.

Thompson-Robinson, a four-star prospect out of powerhouse Bishop Gorman High in Las Vegas, is the crown jewel of UCLA’s 2018 recruiting class along with four-star cornerback Olaijah Griffin. The dual-threat quarterback is expected to compete for the starting spot immediately if junior Josh Rosen declares for the NFL draft after this season.

Three-star defensive lineman Niti Liu also reaffirmed his commitment to the Bruins while linebacker Matthew Tago is seemingly starting to wane, although he writes that he’s still committed to UCLA.

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UCLA fires head coach Jim Mora

UCLA Bruins head coach Jim Mora with his team in the tunnel prior to a NCAA college football game against the USC Trojans at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

One day after UCLA lost its third straight rivalry game to USC, the school announced that it has fired head coach Jim Mora. Offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch will take over as interim head coach as the Bruins finish the regular season on Friday, Nov. 24 with a chance to clinch bowl eligibility at home against California.

“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,” athletic director Dan 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 is due a buyout worth more than $12 million. UCLA said the terms will be honored and covered by department-generated funds.

Mora started his career with the most wins in his first three seasons for any UCLA head coach, but went just 17-19 since the beginning of 2015. The Bruins went 4-8 last season.

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