UCLA Hires Chip Kelly As Head Football Coach

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Kelly finished his time at OR with a 46-7 record as head coach (2009-12), including victories in the Rose Bowl and Fiesta Bowl.

Former Oregon, Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers coach Chip Kelly is reportedly finalizing a deal to be the next head coach for the UCLA football team, reports Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports. OR made an appearance in a BCS Bowl game in each of Kelly's four seasons, including a trip to the National Championship game following the 2010 season.

On Saturday morning, it was reported on College GameDay that Kelly would not be appearing on ESPN and ESPN2 throughout the day as he normally does to provide analysis for games around the country.

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Kelly also had been considering the vacant job with the Florida Gators. "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 flawless fit for our program". The offensive guru lifted OR to a 46-7 record in four seasons, thrusting the program into national championship contention from 2009 through 2012. Although Kelly didn't do well in the National Football League, there's every reason to think he can do well as the coach of the Bruins. Kelly finished with a 46-7 record at Oregon. The former Oregon Ducks coach now is an analyst with ESPN.

In the end, Kelly chose to join the UCLA football program to replace Jim Mora, leaving interest from Florida on the table in the process.