Chip Kelly no longer a candidate to coach Gators

NH Native Kelly Named UCLA Head Coach

"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. "UCLA is a world-class institution with a distinguished history in athletics, and we will do our part to uphold its tradition of excellence".

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Kelly succeeds Jim Mora, who was sacked last week after a 28-23 loss to USC. OR made an appearance in a BCS Bowl game in each of Kelly's four seasons, including a trip to the National Championship game following the 2010 season. Offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch was named interim head coach for the remainder of the season. 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. He led OR to big bowls in each of his four seasons: Rose Bowl, BCS title game, Rose Bowl and Fiesta Bowl. The Eagles made the playoffs in Kelly's first season there in 2013, but he was sacked after going 6-9 in 2015 with a talented team that was widely viewed to have underachieved. Kelly exited the National Football League with a career 28-35 record.

On Saturday morning, the program announced it was officially hiring the head coach, arguably the hottest coach with experience on the market. Mora was midway through his sixth season with the program. He could still remain in an analyst role at ESPN, where he has spent this season.

At UCLA, Kelly will look to stop a disturbing trend in Westwood - losses to ranked teams.



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