Chip Kelly Goes Back to College, Lands at UCLA

By RLR Staff on November 25, 2017 at 12:14 pm
New UCLA Bruins head coach Chip Kelly is shown in a graphic created by the team to welcome him as coach.
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Chip Kelly heads back to college football as the new head coach of the UCLA Bruins, the school announced on Saturday.

More from the Bruins and Athletic Director Dan Guerrero on their splashy hire:

Kelly agreed to a five-year contract worth $23.3M with a $9M reciprocal buyout.

"I am thrilled to welcome Chip Kelly to Westwood," said Guerrero. "His success speaks for itself, but more than that, I firmly believe that his passion for the game and his innovative approach to coaching student-athletes make him the perfect fit for our program. 'Champions Made Here' is more than just a mantra at UCLA, and I'm confident that Chip will lead UCLA Football back to competing for championships. I'd like to thank Josh Rebholz, Casey Wasserman and Troy Aikman for their input during this process, as their candor, experience and support were invaluable."

Kelly will be formally introduced to the UCLA community and to media on campus Monday afternoon.

"It is an absolute honor to join the Bruin Family, and I am grateful to Chancellor Block and to Dan Guerrero for this incredible opportunity," said Kelly. "UCLA is a world-class institution with a distinguished history in athletics, and we will do our part to uphold its tradition of excellence."

Kelly comes to Los Angeles after two rough stints in the NFL as coach of the Philadelphia Eagles (2013-2015) and the San Francisco 49ers (2016). Prior to the NFL, Kelly had a very successful run leading the Oregon Ducks from 2009-2012. Kelly replaces Jim Mora.