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Happy ... trails: UCLA fires football coach Jim Mora on his birthday

Happy ... trails: UCLA fires football coach Jim Mora on his birthday

An era that once appeared so full of promise for UCLA ended with a thud Sunday when the school announced it had fired football coach Jim Mora, who could not build upon considerable early success while his teams sputtered the past two seasons.

The Bruins, 5-6 overall and 3-5 in the Pac-12 Conference, could qualify for a lower-tier bowl game with a victory over California in Friday’s season finale at the Rose Bowl, but their downward trajectory led to Mora’s dismissal after six seasons.

Offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch, whose innovative play calling has made him a rising star in the college ranks, will serve as the interim coach, the school announced.

Mora, who turned 56...

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