NH Native Kelly Named UCLA Head Coach

Report: Chip Kelly Finalizing Deal With UCLA To Be Next Head Coach

The worst-kept secret in college football over the last six days was UCLA and Chip Kelly looked like a ideal fit, and now that pairing is expected to come to a reality with Kelly finalizing a deal to be the new coach of the Bruins.

Kelly was originally thought to be headed to Florida, but the school was no longer interested and was preparing to pursue other candidates, Pat Forde of Yahoo Sports reported.

UCLA fired Jim Mora last Sunday following a loss to rival USC in a battle of top quarterback prospects, the Bruins' Josh Rosen and the Trojans' Sam Darnold. After all, few have done a more impressive job in turning a program into a national power than Kelly executed at OR and, even with two relatively unsuccessful NFL stints, there is every reason to believe that he will be a quality option at the college level again.

Chip Kelly was a hot commodity on the coaching market and with good reason.

Kelly brings plenty of experience to Los Angeles as he was the head coach with OR, going 46-7 in four seasons with the Ducks and leading them to three conference titles, another division title and a berth in the national title game in 2010.

He won 12 games in each of his last three years with OR and went 10-3 in his first season with the school in 2009.

Kelly spent the 2017 season as a college football analyst with ESPN and is considered one of the most sought-after coaches in the country.

Kelly, 53, has not coached since last season when he led the 49ers to a 2-14 record. The Bruins are looking at a second consecutive season without a bowl game. San Francisco fired Kelly following the 2016 season.

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