Pete Thamel is reporting that UCLA is finalizing a deal to make Chip Kelly their next coach. According to Thamel, an agreement is expected by the end of the weekend.
- According to Bruce Feldman, Kelly receives a five-year, $23.3 million contract with a reciprocal $9 million buyout.
Kelly will take over for Jim Mora Jr, who was fired as UCLA’s head coach last week.
Kelly was reportedly in talks with Florida as well regarding their head-coaching vacancy. However, it appears as though UCLA proved to be the best for Kelly, who will now return to the PAC 12 after departing Oregon five years ago.
Kelly, 53, was hired by the Eagles back in 2013 as their head coach. He lasted just under three years in Philadelphia before he was fired during the 2015 season. The 49ers hired him as their head coach soon after but he spent just one season in San Francisco before he was fired.
During his NFL coaching career, Kelly produced a record of 28-35 (44.4 percent) as an NFL head coach for Philadelphia and San Francisco including one playoff appearance while he was with the Eagles.