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Chip Kelly, UCLA agree to 4-year contract extension

UCLA football coach Chip Kelly has agreed to a new contract. The four-year deal has been in the works since just after the Bruins finished 8-4 - their best season since 2014. Word out of Westwood is UCLA brass feels like the new deal with Kelly keeps -and builds on - the upward trajectory that the football program is on.

The Bruins finished the season on a three-game winning streak by an average margin of 27 points. Among those victories was a 62-33 win over arch-rival USC in the Coliseum. UCLA led the Pac-12 in scoring after finishing No. 2 in 2020, up from No. 8 in 2019 and No. 11 in the league in 2018, Kelly's debut season.

The Bruins are expected to return their top two offensive players, QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson and RB Zach Charbonnet, who both this week announced their plans to forego the 2022 NFL Draft and instead return to UCLA.

This was Kelly's first winning season in four years at UCLA. His mark with the Bruins is 18-25. Prior to taking over a rebuilding UCLA program, Kelly went 46-7 as the head coach at Oregon, including a 33-3 record in conference play. In his final three seasons with the Ducks, his teams finished No. 3, No. 4 and No. 2 in the country before he was hired to coach the Philadelphia Eagles.

Kelly's initial contract with UCLA was set to expire after 2022 but as part of that deal, his $9 million buyout would drop to $0 as of Sunday morning.

UCLA athletics press release

January 14, 2022




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