UCLA Hires Chip Kelly As Head Football Coach

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UCLA Hires Chip Kelly As Head Football Coach

Chip Kelly is the new head coach for UCLA Football. The veteran head coach will receive a deal worth $23.3 million that includes a $9 million reciprocal buyout. The Bruins fired coach Jim Mora on Sunday and immediately jumped into the Kelly sweepstakes. In their run to the title in 2010, OR ran an offense at breakneck speed, ranking 106th in time of possession while leading the Pac-12 in scoring with 49.3 points per game. And now comes word from Pete Thamel who reports Kelly has picked UCLA and is finalizing the deal to be the Bruins new coach with an agreement expected by the end of the weekend.

Chip Kelly appears headed back to the school.

Kelly, 54, is coming off a failed one-year stint as the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers and after three years with the Eagles.

Kelly, who drew interest from the Florida Gators, could be a boon for a program that is often overshadowed by crosstown rival USC.

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

Kelly thrived in four seasons at OR between 2009 and 2012, leading the Ducks to to four Pac-10/12 titles, a BCS National Championship Game appearance, a Rose Bowl championship and a Fiesta Bowl Championship. Prior to that, of course, he was one of the most innovative college coaches of the past decade. OR made an appearance in a BCS Bowl game in each of Kelly's four seasons, including a trip to the National Championship game following the 2010 season. Since then Kelly has been working as an analyst for ESPN.

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