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UCLA officially hires Chip Kelly

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By Anthony Caruso III| Publisher

Chip Kelly is officially back in college football. He has agreed to a five-year, $23.3 million deal with the Bruins.

Kelly only interviewed for the Bruins and the Florida Gators job. On Friday afternoon, a report surfaced that Kelly was no longer in the running for the Gators job.

The Bruins completed their regular season last night. They ended their season with a 6-6 record after beating the California Bears, 30-27, on Friday night.

He replaces Jim Mora Jr., who was fired with one game to go in the season. Jedd Fisch, who served as the interim head coach, got the win.

He returns to the Pac-12 Conference, where he previously coached. He was the Oregon Ducks Head Coach.

With the Ducks, he went 46-7. He also guided the Ducks to the BCS National Championship game in 2010, before losing to the Auburn Tigers.

Kelly could not accept a deal before the end of the season. He would have forfeited money he’s receiving from the San Francisco 49ers, who reportedly paid him $5 million to sit out of coaching.

This new deal, which the Bruins had to overpay, in their standards, to get Kelly will impact his 49ers deal. He reportedly had $60 million left on that deal —- now he’ll be paid by the Bruins and the 49ers.

Kelly it taking over a team that has gone 9-14 over the past two seasons under Mora. The Bruins have not played in a bowl game since the 2015 season when Mora led the team to the Foster Farms Bowl in San Francisco.

With the win last night, the Bruins are Bowl eligible. Yet, they have to wait until the Bowl selection show on December 3rd to see if they were selected.

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