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UCLA fires Polamalu

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
On November 27, 2016 at 2:49 pm EST

The UCLA Bruins were considering making a head coaching change. Now, Jim Mora, head coach, may have just bought himself another year.

Mora has fired his offensive coordinator Kennedy Polamalu, according to FootballScoop. The 2016 season was his lone season as coordinator with the team.

Josh Rosen walking off the field before being injured (Getty Images)

Josh Rosen walking off the field before being injured (Getty Images)

The Bruins scored 299 points during their 4-8 campaign. They had three games with more than 40 points.

“I want to thank Kennedy for his hard work, dedication to the program and commitment to our student-athletes,” Mora said in a statement. “He is a professional in every sense of the word.”

In his final game as offensive coordinator, the Bruins were beat 36-10 by the Cal Bears. UCLA scored all 10 points in the third quarter.

Mike Fafaul had a 176 games in the loss. In the six games, he only had three games over 250 passing yards. With Fafaul, the Bruins only won one game — a 38-24 win over the Oregon State Beavers on Nov. 12.

The Bruins offense was hampered after sophomore sensation Josh Rosen went down with a shoulder injury. He played the first six games of the season, before missing the final six.

Polamalu was promoted to offensive coordinator when Noel Mazzone decided to take the Texas A&M Aggies job as offensive coordinator. In Jan., when he introduced the Samoan as his new coordinator, Mora said, ‘the team would pursue a different, more power-oriented style of offense.’

“As we continue to evolve as a program and tailor our philosophies and schemes to the strengths of our players, what you will see is a multifaceted offense incorporating tight ends and fullbacks into our schemes,” Mora said in January after announcing Polamalu’s promotion. “Our objective is to be a big, strong and physical offensive unit that has flexibility of personnel groupings. I know we have the right men in Kennedy, Marques and Rip to implement this philosophy.”

That never worked, as they were 127 out of a 128 FBS schools in rushing yards. They averaged 84.3 yards per contest.

Mora is 41-24 in five years at the school, while going 25-20 in the Pac-12 Conference. While he’s had winning records, this is the first time since becoming the head coach that the team will not participate in a bowl game.

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