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Thursday, January 18, 2007
UCLA fires Svoboda as offensive coordinator

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- Jim Svoboda, criticized this past season for his conservative play-calling, was fired Thursday as UCLA's offensive coordinator.

"This was a hard decision to make," Bruins coach Karl Dorrell said in a statement. "Jim has done a good job working with our quarterbacks over the last three years. However, I felt that a change was in the best interests of the overall offense."

The Bruins went 7-6 in 2006, losing to Florida State 44-27 in the Emerald Bowl. The team averaged 23 points per game. A year earlier, UCLA averaged more than 39 points and went 10-2.

The 46-year-old Svoboda was UCLA's quarterbacks coach in 2004-05 and added the offensive coordinator duties this past season.

Dorrell became more involved in calling plays late in the season.