Here's why Chip Kelly picked UCLA over Florida

  • Here's why Chip Kelly picked UCLA over Florida

Here's why Chip Kelly picked UCLA over Florida

Florida has been in talks with former OR coach Chip Kelly, and met with him at his home in New Hampshire on Sunday, but are prepared to look for other options if Kelly chooses to take the open UCLA job.

Kelly agreed to a five-year contract worth $23.3 million with a $9 million reciprocal buyout.

Kelly brings to Westwood 27 seasons of coaching experience at both the professional and collegiate levels, most recently serving as head coach of the San Francisco 49ers (2016) and Philadelphia Eagles (2013-15).

The former OR and National Football League head coach is finalizing an agreement to become the next coach at UCLA, Yahoo Sports' Pete Thamel tweeted on Saturday, with a deal expected to be reached "by the end of the weekend". The Bruins had just fired Jim Mora just a week earlier following a loss to USC and Kelly was the subject of all the coaching carousel rumors. And now comes word from Pete Thamel who reports Kelly has picked UCLA and is finalizing the deal to be the Bruins new coach with an agreement expected by the end of the weekend.

So, what does that mean for the Gators, for Kelly and with a coaching vacancy at UCLA?

Kelly was originally thought to be headed to Florida, but the school was no longer interested and was preparing to pursue other candidates, Pat Forde of Yahoo Sports reported.

He won 12 games in each of his last three years with OR and went 10-3 in his first season with the school in 2009. The addition of Kelly instantly makes the Bruins top contenders for Pac-12 titles annually.

UCLA plays its final regular-season game Friday against California.

Kelly, now an analyst at ESPN who turned 54 Saturday, went 46-7 at OR, which averaged 44.7 points a game during that span.