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UCLA Reportedly Fires RB Coach Steve Broussard

PASADENA, CA - NOVEMBER 23:  Head coach Jim Mora of the UCLA Bruins reacts after a 38-33 loss to the Arizona State Sun Devils at Rose Bowl on November 23, 2013 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Alex SimsCorrespondent IIIDecember 7, 2016

UPDATE: Dec. 4, 5:07 PM ET 

According to the LA Times, UCLA has hired former USC running backs coach, Kennedy Polamalu to replace Steve Broussard. 

END UPDATE

With the regular season over, it is time for the college football coaching carousel to start spinning—and UCLA is taking an early jump on making changes to its staff in Westwood.

David Woods of Scout's BruinReportOnline.com reported that, according to sources, the Bruins have fired running backs coach Steve Broussard (subscription required).

Woods also reported that former running back and current graduate assistant DeShaun Foster has the inside track to earning the position. 

Foster was a Bruins running back from 1998-2001 and eclipsed 3,000 rushing yards with 39 touchdowns in his four-year career. He then spent six years in the NFL with the Carolina Panthers and the San Francisco 49ers, amassing more than 3,500 yards and 11 scores in that span.

According to Woods, Foster has been doing the brunt of the in-practice work with the UCLA running backs and is well-liked by the Bruin players.

DeShaun Foster at UCLA
DeShaun Foster at UCLAJeff Gross/Getty Images

Meanwhile, Woods identified lack of recruiting ability as a possible reason for Broussard's dismissal—specifically regarding his failure to establish a connection with top recruits like 247Sports composite 5-star all-purpose back Joe Mixon.

Broussard joined the Bruins in December of 2011 and coached Johnathan Franklin during his record-breaking 2012 campaign. Franklin set several UCLA records while being named a Doak Walker Award finalist and an All-American.

This season has been much more tumultuous for the UCLA backfield thanks to a number of injuries.

Nov 15, 2013; Pasadena, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins running back Myles Jack (30) celebrates after the game against the Washington Huskies at Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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Starting running back Jordon James was off to an outstanding start before suffering an injury in early October. After James went down, the Bruins lacked a serious backfield threat and their entire offense suffered as a result.

With the running game lacking, UCLA fell into a midseason lull, from which it never completely recovered. The Bruins were forced to turn to freshman linebacker Myles Jack to provide a spark in the backfield but still weren't able to replicate their lethal, balanced attack from early in the season.

If the Bruins do indeed go with Foster to replace Broussard, it should be a seamless transition both on the field and on the recruiting trail.

The UCLA staff already has its NFL flavor with Jim Mora in the lead role, so the promotion of a coach with professional playing experience would certainly make sense.

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