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UCLA inks deal with Chip Kelly

UCLA inks deal with Chip Kelly

By James Bell


The UCLA Bruins football team was not even a few days out from the end of their 2017 season when they made their coaching change. After firing Jim Mora from the head coaching position, the athletic department made an immediate action to hire Chip Kelly to that same position. He agreed to the terms of the contract for 23.3 million dollars over five years, with a reciprocal buyout of 9 million dollars.

Chip Kelly returns to college football after a run as a head coach in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles and the San Francisco 49ers. In his last season as an NFL coach, he had a 2-14 record in San Francisco. The UCLA program hopes that he can revamp the Bruins who finished this season with a 6-6 record and a 4th place finish in the Pac-12 South Division. Kelly is known in the college football ranks for his stint in Oregon from 2009 to 2012 where he went 46-7 with three conference championships and one appearance in the BCS National Championship Game.

By Kelly becoming the new head coach at UCLA, he hopes to be successful there as he was at Oregon.

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