CHIP KELLY TO UCLA FOR $23.3M, 5 YEARS — IS IT A DATE OR MARRIAGE?

By Peter Gleason

So, are the UCLA Bruins dating Chip Kelly or are they marrying?

Chip is a great date.

Just ask the Eagles, who had him for three years as head coach before that melted down.

Or the Niners, who had him for a year.

The former Oregon coach, who went 46-7 in four seasons with the Ducks, agreed to a five-year contract worth $23.3M with a $9M reciprocal buyout. Kelly’s UCLA contract is back-loaded in the deal.

While the deal for Kelly sounds relatively modest by today’s coaching standards at an average of $4.7 per year, Sports Illustrated says Kelly will still be getting paid around $13 million over the first two years he’s at UCLA as part of his old deal with the Niners:

Kelly met with UCLA leadership 24 hours after meeting with Florida.

The challenge at UCLA for years was a relative lack of commitment to football as compared to cross-town rival USC.

However, when UCLA parted ways with coach Jim Mora, stepping up to pick up a $12.4 million buyout, it became obvious the Bruins were prepared to jump into the deep end of the pool to go get Kelly.

The Bruins had spent four years working on their sweet new facilities. They used the same architectural firm that designed Oregon’s, the one that Chip Kelly collaborated on.

One other note that UCLA fans will probably also like: Kelly is 3-1 all-time against the Bruins arch-rival USC and those three wins were by an average of 20 points per game. His teams averaged 49 points per game in those match-ups.

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