Chip Kelly was once known as one of the best college coaches in the game when he coached Oregon. When he took his career to the NFL with both the Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers, the success did not translate over.
Yesterday, Kelly has officially returned to college football as he was hired by UCLA on a 5-year, $23.3 million contract.
“I am thrilled to welcome Chip Kelly to Westwood,” UCLA 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. 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.”
UCLA is a historic athletic program, both in football and many other sports. They, however, have struggled immensely on the gridiron for a very long time.
The once storied program started about both of the past two seasons ranked, but were unable to finish the season in the top 25. Season after season, they have not lived up to the expectations placed on them.
With this being said however, Kelly provides a high-octane offense that has proven to be lethal at the college level when he was coaching at Oregon.
“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 will fill the shoes of Jim Mora, who coached UCLA since 2012.