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Chip Kelly hired to coach UCLA football

By in Press Enterprise on November 25, 2017

By Thuc Nhi Nguyen

After firing a head coach on his birthday, UCLA hired another on his birthday as the school announced a five-year agreement with Chip Kelly on Saturday, the day Kelly turned 54.

The former Oregon head coach agreed to a five-year, $23.3 million deal with a $9 million reciprocal buyout, UCLA announced. He will be formally introduced in a press conference Monday.

“I am thrilled to welcome Chip Kelly to Westwood,” Athletic Director Dan Guerrero said in a statement. “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.”

Kelly’s innovative offense led Oregon to a 46-7 record and a national championship berth during his four-year tenure that ended in 2012 when he jumped to the NFL. After two failed stunts in the NFL, Kelly spent the past year as an analyst for ESPN.

“It is an absolute honor to join the Bruin Family, and I am grateful to Chancellor (Gene) Block and to Dan Guerrero for this incredible opportunity,” Kelly said in a statement. “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 was said to have been considering an offer from Florida, but after one month of trying to fill its vacant head coaching position, the Gators could still not secure a deal. UCLA officials fired Jim Mora on Sunday, the former head coach’s 56th birthday, met with Kelly on Tuesday and inked the deal within one week.

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