Chip Kelly returns to college football as head coach of UCLA
Nov 26 2017
He went 26-21 in three seasons as Eagles head coach and 2-14 in his one-year tenure as 49ers coach.
He'll will replace Jim Mora, whom UCLAfired last Sunday after six seasons.
Chip Kelly was announced as UCLA's new head football coach on Saturday. "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 spent four years at OR, leading them to a bowl game all four years.
After his successful run on the NCAA level, Kelly got a shot in the National Football League, first landing a job with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2013.
"It is an absolute honor to join the Bruin Family, and I am grateful to Chancellor Block and to Dan Guerrero for this incredible opportunity", Kelly said in a statement.
Kelly last coached collegiately at OR, going 46-7 with the Ducks from 2009 to 2012.
Kelly, who is now an analyst for ESPN, is also moving on to other potential landing spots with UCLA as the front runner if he decides to return to coaching.
The decision by Kelly to move away from the Gators potentially clears him to focus attention on the opening at UCLA. In his four seasons in Eugene, Kelly became the first coach in school history to guide the program to three consecutive undisputed conference championships (2009-11) and its first three 12-win seasons (2010-12).
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.