Here's why Chip Kelly picked UCLA over Florida

Here's why Chip Kelly picked UCLA over Florida

Here's why Chip Kelly picked UCLA over Florida

New Hampshire native Chip Kelly is returning to the place where he made his name: college football.

Kelly agreed to a five-year contract worth $23.3 million with a $9 million reciprocal buyout.

Kelly brings to Westwood 27 seasons of coaching experience at both the professional and collegiate levels, most recently serving as head coach of the San Francisco 49ers (2016) and Philadelphia Eagles (2013-15).

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Kelly totaled a 46-7 record in his four years as Oregon's coach, winning three conference titles, reaching the BCS National Championship Game in 2010 and finishing in the top four of the final polls for three straight years (2010-12).

The UCLA football program now has a new head coach less than a week after former coach Jim Mora was sacked. In some ways, passing on Florida to take the UCLA job is jarring on the surface but, in the same breath, the Bruins seemingly fit Kelly's personality a bit better than a partnership in Gainesville would have. Offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch was named interim head coach for the remainder of the season.

"I am pleased to welcome Chip Kelly to UCLA, confident that he will work tirelessly to focus on the whole student, both as an athlete and as a scholar", said UCLA Chancellor Gene Block. 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.

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