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UC Los Angeles coach Jim Mora has been “relieved of his duties”

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Cal will battle UC L.A. under an interim head coach.

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He can make things levitate, but can he see why kids like Cinnamon Toast Crunch?
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With the California Golden Bears and the UC Los Angeles Bruins both losing to their archrivals and sitting at 5 wins apiece, our game on Black Friday will be for bowl eligibility.

On top of that, the Bruins will be without their head coach as Jim Mora has been “relieved of his duties” by AD Dan Guerrero.

"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," said Guerrero. "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."

Mora ends his time at UC L.A. with a 46–30 win–loss record (60.5%). He started his tenure there hot, averaging 9.25 wins per season in this first four years; however, he went on to win fewer games in his last two seasons combined (9 wins) despite great recruiting under an elite program name like UC Los Angeles.

OC Jeff Fisch will serve as their interim head coach. We’ll see how this affects their play against California. This will be the third interim head coach whom Cal will play this year (joining Ole Miss’s Matt Luke and Oregon State’s half-man-half-building Cory Hall) and—looking long-term—this means two Pac-12 programs will have new head coaches next year.