UCLA hires Chip Kelly

UCLA hires Chip Kelly

The former Oregon, Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers head coach has agreed to take charge of UCLA's football program, The Los Angeles Times' Ben Bolch reported Saturday, citing sources with knowledge of the situation.

His contract is for five years and $23.3 million, with a $9 million reciprocal buyout, according to school officials.

The San Francisco 49ers then chose to try Kelly as their head coach, but he was canned after just one season thanks to a 2-14 record in 2016.

Kelly replaces Jim Mora, who was sacked last week after UCLA lost to USC.

Chip Kelly is back in the Pac-12.

The report said Florida administrators and Kelly met in New Hampshire Sunday and remained in contact throughout the week, but no deal is forthcoming. Offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch was named interim head coach for the remainder of the season.

That came as a devastating blow for many Florida fans who were certain the Gators were going to land Kelly to come coach in Gainesville.

He went 46-7 in four seasons at OR from 2009-2012 before leaving for the National Football League with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Kelly spent four years at OR, leading them to a bowl game all four years. He was slapped with "failure to monitor" in the Will Lyles case after he was accused of paying $25,000 to the 7-on-7 coach in exchange for him guiding players to the Ducks. Under Mora, the Bruins dropped six straight games against ranked programs.

Most recently, Kelly has been serving as an analyst for ESPN. "I look forward to his presence in Westwood".

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