Chip Kelly Finalizing Deal With UCLA To Be Next Head Coach

Chip Kelly Finalizing Deal With UCLA To Be Next Head Coach

After failing twice in the NFL, Chip Kelly is giving college football a second chance.

With Florida and Kelly no longer a possibility, UCLA is the increasingly likely new destination for the former coach of the Oregon Ducks - if Kelly returns to coaching.

As head coach of the Ducks from 2009 to 2012, Kelly won three Pac-12 titles, a Rose Bowl and a Fiesta Bowl en route to making the Ducks perennial national title contenders. The Bruins fired coach Jim Mora on Sunday and immediately jumped into the Kelly sweepstakes. He previously had been named AP Coach of the Year at OR in 2010-11, when they lost the BCS Championship game to Auburn, compiling a 46-7 record with the Ducks from 2009-12 before jumping to the NFL.

According to CBS Sports, there is "certain amount of urgency" for both Kelly and his future team to get a deal done because the new early signing period begins in less than a month.

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"I am thrilled to welcome Chip Kelly to Westwood", Bruins Athletics Director Dan Guerrero said.

Kelly, who drew interest from the Florida Gators, could be a boon for a program that is often overshadowed by crosstown rival USC.

Frost is widely expected to be a candidate to replace current Huskers coach Mike Riley if he is fired, but squashed rumors that he had already negotiated a deal with Nebraska last week. He finished his career there with a 46-7 record. The former Oregon Ducks coach now is an analyst with ESPN.