Chip Kelly to decide between UCLA, Florida, according to reports

UCLA is one of the final two candidates vying for Chip Kelly‘s coaching services as ESPN reported the former Oregon coach is expected to decide between UCLA and Florida this week.

UCLA met with Kelly on Tuesday, two days after firing Jim Mora on the same day Florida officials met with Kelly.

Kelly is most known for his innovative, high-powered spread offense that lifted Oregon to a 46-7 record. He brought the program to the cusp of its first national championship in the 2010 season when the Ducks lost to Cam Newton’s Auburn team in the BCS national championship game 22-19. Since leaving Oregon, he was fired from two NFL teams, the Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers, before spending the past year as an ESPN analyst.

In 2013, after he had already left Oregon for the NFL, Kelly was given an 18-month show-cause penalty for “failure to monitor” in the NCAA’s investigation of the Will Lyles case in which Oregon paid $25,000 to the 7-on-7 coach to steer recruits to Oregon.

The show-cause order expired in 2014, however, so schools will not face any restriction in hiring the 53-year-old coach now.

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  • Benjamin Hayes

    That would be a pretty good hire! Though Florida is the higher echelon position. I was hoping he had strong ties to the left coast, but Wikipedia says he is from New Hampshire….

    • Richard

      Huge W Coast ties + he’s a Lib – doesn’t want to live in Red Neck Gainesville. He SIGNED 2day w UCLA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • 88 Straight

        The fear across town is hilarious. Masking their fear with arrogance that Kelly will never come to UCLA and that he’s washed up. Well, I never figured that we could pull it off either, but it’s looking good! Talk about an immediate boost in recruiting!

        • Pudly76

          Not worried at all.

          • 88 Straight

            There seems to be more than a few. No shortage of false bravado. It’s about to get interesting.

          • Pudly76

            Like many of the people I’ve met with multiple wives, everything is beautiful till the honeymoon is over.

          • 88 Straight

            If you recall from the SW site, I have been consistent of saying there are no guarantees or sure things. But, there is no way UCLA should pass on hiring Chip Kelly if he wants to come to Westwood. There are only a couple of sure things in coaching and they aren’t available.

          • cmwilliamsd

            Kelly’s record at Oregon speaks for itself. Philly was so so. 49er job was a mistake. Belicheck couldn’t have won with those dogs. 49er’s have won 1 game this year. If we judge a coach by his NFL record. Then I guess Nick Saban doesn’t cut it either.

          • jameskatt

            The 49ers are perpetual losers because of their owners. So long as the owners remain, no coach will win with the 49ers.

          • cmwilliamsd

            Exactly my point. kelly should have never taken the job

          • gotroy22

            Pete failed his first go around in the NFL too so it doesn’t mean anything.

          • cmwilliamsd

            True

          • Richard

            And he has previously turned down sc. Poetic justice and then some.

          • Pudly76

            Happy thanksgiving. Enjoy your family and friends.

            But your choice of head coach will prove flawed and disconnected, his system stopped working in Oregon and they had Phil Knight and all that Nike backing. No restrictions (or hardly) on academics, total control.

            How long will the honeymoon last?

          • 88 Straight

            Happy Thanksgiving to you as well.

            The Chip Kelly saga should be answered by this weekend. Then we will see how it works out. Too good to pass up. It should be an interesting time.

          • gotroy22

            Very true, if you bring him in the college football world will be impressed.

          • Pudly76

            Left you a gift on the rosen post

          • Richard

            they keep blocking anything I have too say to u

          • Paul

            And I thought you weren’t as dumb as you sound…

          • Pudly76

            Touché, you win again, oh boy my life has no further meaning.

          • Pudly76

            You’all said the same crud when they hired mora, ricky the gambler, carl duuhrell, gee, this time you really mean it.

          • Paul

            If you were more thorough in your trolling, you’d know that there was serious dissention with all of those names,

            Even though Mora wasn’t a very good coach, he went 3-3 against Clown College…

          • Pudly76

            Wrong, he went 3-3 against SC while we had 55 scholies vs his 85, with numbers returning to normal he was a lofty 0-3.
            And as far as dissension, I say “ha, you silly goose, it’s not true”.

          • gotroy22

            Didn’t he beat SC in 2010 before the sanctions went into effect?

          • Pudly76

            Thought we’d already lost some jr and sr players? So in effect we already had reduced numbers, no?

          • gotroy22

            I read an article bragging about how Kiffin loaded up the team with 31 recruits right before the sanctions hit. Wasn’t that 2011?

          • Pudly76

            I believe so. He used the blue shirt as a means to get extra kids on the roster. I just am having a hard time remembering the exact timing, I believe though it was actually the first year during the sanctions for some reason.

          • Paul

            Is this where we whine about perceived hardships? Ok then. . .1/ your 2012 team was the same one that beat us 0-50 the year before – you can blame that on Brett Hundley & Anthony Barr, but not “the sanctions”; 2/ we played a walk-on QB in the 2015 game.

          • Pudly76

            Paul, you seem very into your team. I’m glad. But honestly, this isn’t the argument you want to waste your time on is it? I could go on about no scholarship te & only 1 receiver but I’ll never convince you anyway. You beat us.

        • Richard

          Put together a mild reply and they’re blocking me, again

        • cmwilliamsd

          After the ND game, or should I say thrashing. The SC blog was screaming for coach Helton’s head. Wanted him gone. And of course they wanted Kelly to replace him. Some posters even claimed that they had seen Kelly out to lunch with Swan. Great reading, if you like to laugh.

          • 88 Straight

            A lot of instant amnesia with some of them.

          • gotroy22

            Like Hillary under oath.

          • 88 Straight

            Or Sessions. Or Jared. Or any number of people appearing before Congress of both parties. Most of them are lawyers. I don’t recall is the #1 answer of all witnesses.

            My personal favorite lawyerly answer is still “it depends on what your definition of is is.” Classic.

          • The Great Feminist came up with that one.

          • 88 Straight

            Lawyers. They’re all lawyers. And cut from the same cloth. Sessions recent testimony was another case of lawyer speak and word parsing. The “is is” was just a bit more memorable.

          • grave soul

            I can verify that what you wrote here is true. Many Usc commenters on Wolf’s blog were clamoring for Kelly to replace Helton.

          • gotroy22

            You are hardly a reliable source, gray stool.

          • grave soul

            Habe eine schöne Thanksgiving, Goo!! Coming from a proven #fakenews fabricator of lies, your comments hold no weight and they mean nothing. Don’t be devastated!

          • gotroy22

            You are as factual as your hero Minnesota Senator Al Franken, who “can’t remember” groping countless women. Your denial of your own words is Clintonian lying at its best.

      • gotroy22

        Kelly is a lib? Oh it’s a perfect fit then.

        • Richard

          Who knows but he’s not a meth addict, drunk, mass murderer!
          Happy Thanksgiving and make sure to thank those refs that FIXED the game last Sat for u.
          # Bruins WON by 14 !!

          • gotroy22

            The punt return and Rosen’s turnovers doomed you despite a gutty effort…. Happy Thanksgiving especially if you are right about Kelly.

          • Richard

            FIX FIX FIX FIX FIX.
            Give my best to Noodle Arm Snowflake Sammy D

  • MPPBruin

    Kelly seems like a great hire and is what I was hoping for. That being said, I don’t want to get too high on it and think that we’re going to be competing for national championships tomorrow.

  • 92104bruinfan

    FWIW, it’s interesting to note Kelly reportedly flew out to LA to meet with UCLA while Florida had to schlep up to New Hampshire to chat with him. His familiarity with the Pac 12 and not being in a huge fishbowl like most SEC schools are huge positives in UCLA’s direction. While Kelly’s offensive scheme is no longer a novelty, he likely know it better than anyone else and it can mask certain flaws that are exposed in other systems. He’s apparently not a fan of the recruiting rigors from I’ve read but he can rely on assistants and the Westwood locale to help. There is a newsbit floating out there that Kelly’s ties to Nike and Phil Knight are an issue given UCLA’s marriage to UnderArmour…but not an insurmountable one. I’m cautiously excited about this one. Go Bruins!

    • Coach Thom

      Will Coach Chip keep Coach Jedd?

      • MPPBruin

        My guess is not. If Kelly is going to run his spread then probably wouldn’t mess.

      • cmwilliamsd

        Jedd is being interviewed for the Ore. State job.

      • gotroy22

        Kelly will want total control wherever he ends up.

  • Richard

    CK SIGNED!!! a deal w UCLA 2day. 2 b announced after Cal game.
    HUGE boost to recruiting – Amon-Ra St Brown et al

    • Source?

      • Richard

        I have very good sources !!! ” If I tell u, I’d have to kill you”.
        It ain’t just a “done deal” as all are reporting, he SIGNED 2day!
        2 save SF $ have to wait till “end of CFB regular season” to announce.
        He turned SC down right before u hired Helton.
        # Sleep tight

        • He turned SC down right before u hired Helton.

          What do you mean, “u”?

          • Pudly76

            Never happened..

          • gotroy22

            He thinks you are a Trojan.

        • No source, no credit.

          • Richard

            Credit from … YOU … is the last thing I want.
            No offense but most of what u write is WACK.

          • Because facts are “wack.” Name one factual error that I’ve posted.

            Back on-topic: So, you’ve got nothing?

          • gotroy22

            Do you expect him to out his source?

          • gotroy22

            I like your posts.

        • gotroy22

          YOU WERE RIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • Richard

            No big. This deal has been in the making for 2 yrs. His agent & Wasserman, both UCLA alums r friends.
            This may or may not work out but the immediate buzz will boost attendance and recruiting. Fisch or Scott Frost, better in long run couldn’t do that.
            Troys flew to Philly to offer him the job before hiring Helton.
            Good luck to all and Merry Christmas. I got my present early.

      • gotroy22

        If he’s right he gets props, if wrong he better disappear or get gray stool to make excuses for his prediction being wrong..

        • I just want to know. I don’t like waiting.

          • gotroy22

            Like the late great Tom Petty told us, “The waiting is the hardest part.”

        • Richard was either telling the truth, or he got lucky.

          Either way, he was right. Should be good times ahead!

  • j metaphor

    What does Trump have to tweet about the Kelly hire?

    • 88 Straight

      He’s working on a marketing deal for the Big Baller Brand hot air popcorn popper.

  • Intimidator Bruin

    I don’t think Kelly is the best fit for UCLA. We need to beat Stanford CAL and USC on a regular bases in order to go to CFP. Kelly is just 2-2 against Stanford. How does he help us when the academic standard is higher and he doesn’t like to recruit? That would mean he would need to hire a staff full of recruiters from all over CALI that are established and assistants that could target Texas Florida and UTAH. Most of his assistants already have a job. He would have to over pay for the assistants to get them back. Just not seeing how he will do better at an academic school when he has never had those obstacles before. To be honest Kendal Briles, Pep Hamilton, Pat Fitzgerald, Mike Norvell and Kevin Sumlin, seem like better fits than Kelly. I think we need a Tom Cable type coach but can he actually win with his offense, or even recruit

    • gotroy22

      Tom Cable? How about Al Franken?

      • 88 Straight

        If we want a true offensive coordinator, we have several to choose from and we can be bipartisan. I think Anthony Weiner and Joe Barton could pair up.

        • gotroy22

          You know about Cable’s “woman problem”, right? The ruins wouldn’t be that stupid to bring him in if Chip goes to FLA…would they?

          • 88 Straight

            My recollection was that there were charges of spousal abuse. Not sure about that but Cable is a definite no. Don’t know why anyone brought up his name.

          • Pudly76

            Seems some ruin sites are backing off on the Kelly hire, seems the might have shot their wad a little early.
            My question would be, if that’s the case, who’s next? Sumlin, a guy not yet fired? Not exactly the most exciting thing anymore, but maybe actually a better fit. After all, didn’t he have qbs walking off his team a year ago? SMH.

          • 88 Straight

            I’m sure there are plenty of Bruins that think the Kelly hire won’t happen. It wouldn’t shock anyone. If it doesn’t happen it will be another example of a feckless AD snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. As I said the other day, I won’t believe it until the press conference.

            If it falls apart, I don’t think Sumlin is a serious candidate. Why hire the guy you just humiliated in one of the largest comebacks ever? I would prefer our OC Jedd Fisch over Sumlin, but Fisch should be down the list several spots. You could see UCLA pursue Mike Norvell from Memphis, Kyle Whittingham, Mike Leach, Dave Aranda or some other up and comers.

            Hiring is really not very easy. Nobody at Clemson was excited about hiring Dabo Swinney at the time. He was the WR coach and had never been a coordinator. He worked out pretty well.

          • Pudly76

            My thought was pretty much the same. Sumlin should’ve been a none starter. Me, personally, I like the young guy at the Naval Academy.

          • 88 Straight

            Navy runs the wishbone. That’s not happening at UCLA.

            I really like the job Fisch has done with the offense this year and he did a great job coaching Rosen this year. Rosen isn’t too popular over here, but he made great strides this year. But Fisch has no head coaching experience and UCLA is looking to make a splash hire. Fisch is interviewing at Oregon State. Good guy. Good coach.

            I think Chip is on board and there will be an announcement this weekend.

          • Pudly76

            I get your confidence in Fisch, and reluctance towards the option run by Navy. But the HC could certainly hire or retain any OC to run another offense. Most coaches I think would or should be “literate” in multiple offenses, and shouldn’t be too involved in just one side of the ball any way. He and his teams demonstrate discipline and determination against teams of superior talent (nd) regularly, which by my way of thinking might be just what y’all need. FWIW.

          • 88 Straight

            My confidence in Fisch is as an OC. There was a huge improvement this year. I have no idea how he would be as a HC. He would not be a splash hire. He us a fall back option, IMO.

            We need someone with some West Coast ties as well.

          • gotroy22

            No Pepper Rodgers revival?

          • gotroy22

            No Pepper Rodgers revival?

          • gotroy22

            That was my point, the timing couldn’t be worse for Tom Cable right now.

          • gotroy22

            That was my point, the timing couldn’t be worse for Tom Cable right now.

      • JustOwns

        I bet 22 has a nude pix of JoJo Barton.

        • gotroy22

          I bet Owns has nude photos of Al Bore as he attains his Second Chakra.

        • gotroy22

          I bet Owns has nude photos of Al Bore as he attains his Second Chakra.

  • jameskatt

    Hiring Chip Kelly would be great for UCLA Football.

    Something has to change the toxic football culture at UCLA that has lasted over 20 years.

    This football culture turns talented recruits into lazy numbskull undisciplined players who thouroughly underachieve.

    Jim Mora partially changed this culture during his initial years.

    But he was only able to do it because he had a few exceptional players who actually had intelligence, drive, competitiveness and discipline – like Brett Hundley, Anthony Barr, Datone Jones, Paul Perkins, Johnathan Franklin – to lead the other players.

    Once these players were gone – as in the past 2 years, Jim Mora could not fight UCLA’s toxic football culture, finally succumbing to it.

    Only a top coach and proven winner such as Chip Kelly has a chance to change this culture to a winning one.

    • gotroy22

      Why do you think Mora couldn’t recruit quality players once the Neuheisel recruits graduated? That is a mystery.

      • Mora’s choice in offensive and defensive coordinators did him in, Fisch being a notable exception.

        • gotroy22

          Defense doomed your team this year…worst ruin defense I’ve seen in memory.

          • Way too many injuries; too many freshmen having to play.

            Mora’s Bruin teams always made mental errors with regard to penalties, but I don’t recall seeing so many occasions where the players seemed like they didn’t know what they were doing.

  • Sandy Underpants

    I hope we open up the checkbook and give Chip billions to coach. The last guy I remember we did that for was Norm Chow. Coming off multiple firings, like Chip, Chow led us down the primrose path, just as we all expected.

    • j metaphor

      “We”?

      • gotroy22

        Told you he’s a ruin…

      • gotroy22

        Told you he’s a ruin…

  • Coach Thom

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone! A new sun is rising over UCLA football, and I’m feeling the warmth and joy. Aaaaahhhh! I wish all our Trogan trolls the merriest of Christmases and the very best in 2018. And if Kim Jong-Un explodes a EMP over our beautiful country, my last thoughts will be of you and my fellow Americans. Go Bruins.

  • Intimidator Bruin

    We need to stop settling for a few wins over rivals. When a coach is initially hired he has the most influence and attention of the football world. Take advantage now. We actually should start offering 2019s this week so that we can actively recruit them while we are finishing up our class after Dec 22nd. Next years class should have 10 commits going into February 1st if Kelly is doing his job. As soon as we get the 27 players in this class signed and 2/3 early entrants we should turn our sights on conditioning and player development. No noise should come out of UCLA. We need to focus and make people wonder what we have cooking at Spring game. Less is MORE!!