Former Oregon coach Chip Kelly has agreed to a 5-year $23.3 million contract that will bring him back to the pack-12 as a head coach for UCLA. The deal that also includes a $9 million reciprocal buyout was announced by the school Saturday afternoon.
“I am thrilled to welcome Chip Kelly to Westwood,” said UCLA director of athletics Dan Guerrero in a statement to ESPN. “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.”
The Bruins have been without a coach since November 19th when Jim Mora was fired after six seasons when the team lost three back- to- back games.
Kelly was a big score for the team that has not won a conference title since 1998 and has not won the Rose Bowl since 1985 hope that bringing in Kelly will help them end their trend of losing to ranked teams.