Chip Kelly Named UCLA's New Head Football Coach

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UCLA fired Jim Mora last Sunday with a game left.

The UCLA Bruins have hired former Oregon Ducks coach Chip Kelly to be their next head football coach, the university announced Saturday.

"I am thrilled to welcome Chip Kelly to Westwood", UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero said in a statement. Kelly went 46-7 at OR between 2009-12, including victories in the Rose Bowl and Fiesta Bowl.

Kelly brings not only professional experience to a Bruins team in desperate need of a rebuild, but brings along a record of collegiate success, as well. He went 26-21 in three seasons as Eagles head coach and 2-14 in his one-year tenure as 49ers coach.

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"It is an absolute honor to join the Bruin Family, and I am grateful to Chancellor (Gene) Block and to Dan Guerrero for this incredible opportunity", Kelly said in a statement. After a five-year hiatus to try out the National Football League and TV, Kelly is heading to Los Angeles to take over at UCLA with a five-year contract worth $23.9 million. Kelly was named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year in back-to-back seasons in 2009 and 2010, and Associated Press Coach of the Year in 2010.

The 54-year-old coach had a celebrated run in Eugene, Oregon, posting a 46-7 record and leading the Ducks to an appearance in the 2011 BCS title game, which Oregon lost to Auburn. The NCAA sanctioned Kelly with "failure to monitor".

Kelly met with UCLA officials Tuesday, according to multiple reports. Mora was midway through his sixth season with the program.

On Saturday morning, it was reported on College GameDay that Kelly would not be appearing on ESPN and ESPN2 throughout the day as he normally does to provide analysis for games around the country.

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