According to Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports, UCLA is “finalizing a deal” to make Chip Kelly their next football coach. ESPN has announced he would not be on the air Saturday for its college football shows.
Previous reports indicated Kelly still hasn’t made a final decision between UCLA and Florida but Florida has moved on in their search.
Kelly has been working for ESPN as a college football analyst during the 2017 season after coaching the San Francisco 49ers in 2016. He was the coach of the Philadelphia Eagles for 3 years, going 26-21 and dominated college football from 2009-2012 as the coach of Oregon, going 46-7.
Mark Schlabach of ESPN reported UCLA would be giving Kelly “complete control” of the program and “a top-ten salary.” That would put him in the range of $5 – 11 million per year.
In 2013, the NCAA Committee on Infractions handed down penalties to Oregon for recruiting violations while Kelly was the coach. Oregon received 3 years of probation, reduction of scholarships, but no bowl ban. Kelly received an 18-month show-cause penalty, which would have made an immediate hiring by another NCAA institution difficult. The show-cause penalty expired while Kelly was coach of the Philadelphia Eagles.