UCLA to name Kelly coach

The worst-kept secret in college football over the last six days was UCLA and Chip Kelly looked like a flawless fit, and now that pairing is expected to come to a reality with Kelly finalizing a deal to be the new coach of the Bruins.

Is this the right move for the Bruins?

FOX Sports college football reporter Bruce Feldman said on Saturday that Kelly was impressed with Florida and "really liked the UF brass".

In the end, Kelly chose to join the UCLA football program to replace Jim Mora, leaving interest from Florida on the table in the process. 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.

Kelly will be formally introduced as the Bruins' head coach on the UCLA campus on Monday afternoon.

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. At the college level, Kelly went 46-7 during four years at OR that included a trip to the BCS National Championship game after going 12-0 in 2010. Kelly exited the National Football League with a career 28-35 record. The penalty for those sanctions ran out in 2014.

The 49ers now owe Kelly approximately $15 million, sources told ESPN's Darren Rovell. The former Oregon Ducks coach now is an analyst with ESPN. What Kelly makes at UCLA will offset that and reduce what the 49ers owe him. He turns 54 on November 25. "I look forward to his presence in Westwood". Mora was midway through his sixth season with the program.

Information from ESPN's Kyle Bonagura was used in this report.


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