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Details of Chip Kelly’s five-year, $23.3 million contract with UCLA

By in Press Enterprise on January 6, 2018

By Thuc Nhi Nguyen

Compared to some of the other contracts signed during this winter’s chaotic coaching carousel, Chip Kelly’s five-year, $23.3 million deal with UCLA seems rather mundane.

The deal that will likely make Kelly the highest-paid public employee in California is less than the six-year, $36 million contract Dan Mullen signed with Florida after the Gators were also vying for Kelly’s services. Jimbo Fisher’s 10-year, $75 million contract with Texas A&M easily dwarfs the Kelly and Mullen deals.

Here’s a look at how the numbers break down from Kelly’s contract, which was released by UCLA on Friday and obtained by the Southern California News Group:


Kelly has a $300,000 base salary per year for the duration of his five-year contract and an annual “talent fee” for participation in public appearances at booster gatherings, university functions and UCLA media broadcasts. The talent fee starts at $3 million for the first contract year, which ends on Jan. 15, 2019, and increases to $4.3 million during each of the final two years.

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The starting talent fee is nearly double that of former head coach Jim Mora when Mora signed his first contract with UCLA in 2012.

Kelly is due a $3.2 million talent fee in the second year of his contract and $4 million during the […]    

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