UCLA fires Svoboda as offensive coordinator

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

Dorrell became more involved in calling plays late in the