Chip Kelly mentioned as potential next UCLA head coach
UCLA made a surprising announcement on Sunday that Jim Mora has been fired as the school’s head football coach. With the team one win away from bowl eligibility and coming off a close defeat to rival USC, it seemed like an odd time to fire the head coach.
So why is UCLA making the move? They obviously want to go in a different direction, and they want to make sure they’re in the mix for the top head coaching candidates before its too late. One such candidate could be Chip Kelly.
Over the past year, Kelly has been mentioned as a possibility for UCLA. He has been out of coaching since being fired by the 49ers after one season. He took a year off, but is he ready to return? Some are figuring UCLA could land the former Oregon head coach.
UCLA is my bet to win the Chip Kelly sweepstakes, IF he's really ready to come back to college.
— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) November 19, 2017
Although he left the Eagles in disarray somewhat, Kelly won 10 games there in his first two seasons. He took Oregon to new heights, including the national championship game. There is very little doubt about his ability to succeed at the college level.
Kelly would excite any fan base, not to mention recruiting base. We know Florida was vetting Kelly as a head coach. Now there’s sure to be competition for his services.
As a UCLA fan, this is pretty much the only coach I would fire Mora for. Maybe the Bruins know something.