Chip Kelly indicators two-year extension with UCLA

Coach Chip Kelly has signed a two-year extension with UCLA that retains him below contract by way of 2027, the varsity mentioned Friday.

The Bruins have been 9-4 final 12 months and completed twenty first within the last Associated Press Top 25 ballot, the primary time since 2014 that that they had been ranked on the finish of the season.

“I am excited about our football program under the leadership of Coach Kelly and his talented staff,” athletic director Martin Jarmond mentioned in an announcement. “The football program is on an upward trajectory, both on the field and in the classroom. Coach Kelly and his staff have done a tremendous job developing young men as demonstrated by their academic excellence.”

Kelly is 27-29 by way of 5 seasons in Westwood, however is 16-8 the previous two years. He took over after Jim Mora Jr. was fired in 2017 and had a roster predominantly stuffed with underclassmen his first two seasons.

The Bruins have been 3-9 in Kelly’s first 12 months in 2018 and 4-8 the next season. During the shortened 2020 season, a turnaround started with a 3-4 mark.

Kelly — who’s 72-36 as a school coach — signed a four-year contract final 12 months.

UCLA will go into its last season within the Pac-12 with loads of questions. The Bruins have been fifth within the nation in complete offense, however quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson has graduated and operating again Zach Charbonnet left early for the NFL Draft.

Kelly will even have his third defensive coordinator in as many seasons after hiring D’Anton Lynn. 

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Reporting by The Associated Press.

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