After four seasons in the National Football League with the Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers, the former Oregon Ducks head coach is finalizing a deal to become the new head coach of the UCLA Bruins, reports Yahoo!
Chip Kelly is returning to the Pac-12.
That came as a devastating blow for many Florida fans who were certain the Gators were going to land Kelly to come coach in Gainesville.
"It is an absolute honor to join the Bruin family, and I am grateful to Chancellor (Gene) Block and to Dan Guerrero for this incredible opportunity" Kelly said.
Kelly last coached collegiately at OR, going 46-7 with the Ducks from 2009 to 2012.
Kelly, 53, has not coached since last season when he led the 49ers to a 2-14 record. Known as an offensive innovator while there, his up-tempo offenses averaged 44.7 points per game during that span. The NCAA sanctioned Kelly with "failure to monitor".
On Saturday morning, the program announced it was officially hiring the head coach, arguably the hottest coach with experience on the market. In his four seasons in Eugene, Kelly became the first coach in school history to guide the program to three consecutive undisputed conference championships (2009-11) and its first three 12-win seasons (2010-12). He could still remain in an analyst role at ESPN, where he has spent this season. "I look forward to his presence in Westwood".