UCLA hires Chip Kelly

by Olga Hunt November 26, 2017, 0:57
UCLA hires Chip Kelly

Chip Kelly will be named new head coach of UCLA's football team, Yahoo! The deal comes with a $9 million reciprocal buyout.

Kelly brings to Westwood 27 seasons of coaching experience at both the professional and collegiate levels, most recently serving as head coach of the San Francisco 49ers (2016) and Philadelphia Eagles (2013-15).

Kelly, the former head coach at the University of New Hampshire, came to national prominence as the head coach at the University of Oregon. After firing Jim Mora, the Bruins beat out a host of suitors, most notably Florida, to land Kelly.

Kelly was head coach of OR from 2009-2012, leading them to the BCS Championship Game once.

Frost is widely expected to be a candidate to replace current Huskers coach Mike Riley if he is fired, but squashed rumors that he had already negotiated a deal with Nebraska last week.

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Chip Kelly is back in the Pac-12.

Kelly last coached collegiately at OR, going 46-7 with the Ducks from 2009 to 2012.

With the Ducks, Kelly established himself as one of college football's most innovative coaches, particularly on the offensive side of the ball.

UCLA plays its final regular-season game Friday against California.

"I am pleased to welcome Chip Kelly to UCLA, confident that he will work tirelessly to focus on the whole student, both as an athlete and as a scholar", said UCLA Chancellor Gene Block.


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