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Chip Kelly reportedly to decide between UCLA, Florida

By in Press Enterprise on November 22, 2017

By Thuc Nhi Nguyen

The competition for Chip Kelly is down to two candidates as UCLA representatives met with Kelly on Tuesday, according to media reports, and the former Oregon head coach is now expected to decide between the Bruins and Florida this week, ESPN reported.

Florida met with Kelly on Sunday, according to the Associated Press, hours after UCLA announced it had fired head coach Jim Mora. The Gators have been without a head coach since they fired Jim McElwain in October.

Kelly is most known for his innovative, high-powered spread offense that lifted Oregon to a 46-7 record. He brought the program to the cusp of its first national championship in the 2010 season when the Ducks lost 22-19 to Cam Newton’s Auburn team in the BCS national championship title game. Since leaving Oregon in 2012, he was fired from two NFL teams, the Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers, before spending the past year as an ESPN analyst.

In 2013, after he had joined the Eagles, the NCAA gave Kelly an 18-month show-cause penalty for “failure to monitor” in the Will Lyles case in which Oregon paid the 7-on-7 coach $25,000 to steer recruits to Oregon.

The show-cause order expired in 2014, however, so schools will not face any restriction in hiring the 53-year-old coach now.

UCLA has its own history with show-cause penalties. Former offensive line coach Adrian Klemm was slapped with a two-year order in 2016 for organizing training services and housing for two recruits in March 2014. He was fired last year in a coaching overhaul that brought four new offensive coaches to Westwood.

UCLA’s search team is headed by Athletic Director Dan Guerrero with senior associate athletic director Josh Rebholz, donor Casey Wasserman and former UCLA quarterback Troy Aikman. The group immediately tried to pursue Kelly for […]    

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