UCLA names Chip Kelly new head football coach

Posted November 27, 2017

Kelly has been named the new coach of UCLA, replacing Jim Mora who was sacked in November. His high-powered and high-paced offense helped lead the Ducks to a 46-7 record and multiple bowls in 4 years. At the college level, Kelly went 46-7 during four years at OR that included a trip to the BCS National Championship game after going 12-0 in 2010.

That came as a devastating blow for many Florida fans who were certain the Gators were going to land Kelly to come coach in Gainesville.

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The native of Dover, NH left for the Eagles in 2013 and won the NFC East in his first season, but failed to replicate his early success and missed the playoffs in the next two seasons and was dismissed. The program then brought in Kelly, who was best known for a dominant coaching performance in four seasons at OR, as well as less-successful stints in the National Football League with the San Francisco 49ers and Philadelphia Eagles.

Kelly has been working as an ESPN analyst since he was axed by the Niners after finishing with a 2-14 mark in 2016. UCLA fired Jim Mora after the Bruins lost to crosstown rival USC in their last away game of the season.

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With the Ducks, Kelly established himself as one of college football's most innovative coaches, particularly on the offensive side of the ball. The Bruins are looking at a second consecutive season without a bowl game.

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