Chip Kelly 'likely' to be fired as head coach at UCLA in coming weeks, per report
Chip Kelly will “likely” be fired by UCLA in the coming weeks, according to a report from Bruin Report Online’s Tracy Pierson.
The Bruin head coach is in his sixth season with the program and currently holds a 33-33 record. According to Pierson, Kelly could be dismissed after the USC game on Saturday if the Bruins lose. If they win, he would be let go after the season finale against Cal.
UCLA has lost back-to-back games to Arizona State (at home) and Arizona to fall out of the Pac-12 title race. The 17-7 defeat at the hands of the Sun Devils last Saturday was particularly scarring.
Kelly’s pedigree as a coach was on the offensive side of the football. Through his first four seasons in Westwood, the defense held the Bruins back. During the 2022 campaign, UCLA climbed into the AP Top 10 at one point before the defense fell back apart.
This season, as UCLA sits at 6-4 with a 3-4 record in conference play, the offense has been a mess. Injuries and inconsistency have marred the quarterback position, which has seen a rotation between Dante Moore, Ethan Garbers, and Collin Schlee.
Kelly began his UCLA career with 3-9, 4-8, and 3-4 records. It was the worst three-year start for any UCLA coach in modern history. He has yet to win a bowl game as the head coach and has never lost fewer than three conference games in a season.
Attendance at the Rose Bowl has suffered. His recruiting has been questioned at every turn, with the coach opting to focus more on the transfer portal in recent years.
According to Pierson, Kelly has “little support” from donors when it comes to NIL donations for players on the team and has lost a chunk of the locker room. Pierson reports a “fairly good-sized” group of players is expected to hit the transfer portal when it opens.
UCLA moves to the Big Ten alongside USC, Oregon, and Washington in 2024.
According to Pierson, Kelly’s buyout is believed to be around $8 million.