Nov 20, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; UCLA Bruins head coach Chip Kelly in the first half against the Southern California Trojans at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

UCLA extends Chip Kelly through 2025

UCLA rewarded coach Chip Kelly with a four-year extension through the 2025 season on Friday, the program announced.

Kelly, 58, is coming off his first winning season with the Bruins in four years as their coach. UCLA went 8-4 in 2021. The team was set to play in the Holiday Bowl against NC State before COVID-19 complications forced the cancellation of the game.

Kelly is 18-25 in four seasons at UCLA after stints with Oregon (2009-12), the Philadelphia Eagles (2013-15) and the San Francisco 49ers (2016).

“We are extremely appreciative of the entire UCLA administration for their support of our football program,” Kelly said in a statement. “We have a tremendous amount of gratitude for our players and staff. Their tireless work and commitment to our vision has built a great foundation. We are excited to continue to build this program into something that makes the UCLA fan base proud.”

ESPN and the Los Angeles Times reported that Kelly’s new contract will pay him $4.7 million per year.

Kelly was linked to Oregon’s vacant coaching job earlier this winter, but the Ducks instead hired Georgia defensive coordinator Dan Lanning.

“This new contract represents the commitment, stability and investment needed to continue the upward trajectory of our football program,” Bruins athletic director Martin Jarmond said in a statement. “Since joining UCLA, our football team’s winning percentage has increased every year, including increased momentum in recruiting and strategic use of the transfer portal.”

–Field Level Media

Head Coach Chip Kelly, center, and the team take the field for the first Pac-12 Championship game at Autzen in 2011.

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Report: Oregon requests permission to speak to Chip Kelly

Oregon has requested permission to speak with former coach Chip Kelly about its coaching vacancy, the Oregonian reported Thursday.

Kelly currently coaches UCLA and his buyout is reportedly $9 million.

The Bruins are 8-4 this season but only 18-25 overall in Kelly’s four seasons at the school. UCLA is set to play in the Holiday Bowl against North Carolina State on Dec. 28.

Oregon is in the market for a coach after Mario Cristobal departed to become coach at Miami, his alma mater.

Kelly went 46-7 with the Ducks from 2009-12. Oregon reached the national championship game in 2010 but lost 22-19 to Cam Newton-led Auburn.

Kelly departed to the NFL to become coach of the Philadelphia Eagles (2013-15) and was fired after three seasons. He then was hired by the San Francisco 49ers (2016) and dismissed after one season.

He went 28-35 as an NFL head coach and made one playoff appearance (a loss in 2013 with the Eagles).

Former Oregon coach and athletic director Mike Bellotti expressed mixed feelings about the 58-year-old Kelly possibly returning to Eugene on Sirius XM Pac-12 radio earlier this week.

“Chip did a tremendous job when he was there, both for me as an offensive coordinator and then for me when I was the AD, as the head coach,” Bellotti said. “And the reality is, I don’t know if it’s possible to recreate lightning in a bottle.

“At that time, we were the most innovative program in the nation and Chip did a tremendous job. He’s had not as much success since he left Oregon. I don’t know if he would be interested in coming back and I don’t know if there’s true interest. I think from a fan perspective, you always say, ‘well, let’s put the old band together.’ That group of coaches is no longer available. Many of them have retired, would not come back, some are coaching elsewhere.

“But I think that in this day and age, anything could happen. You’re never surprised by anything. When you start looking at it, (Lincoln) Riley going to USC and (Brian) Kelly going to LSU … it’s an interesting world. And I think if there was the belief that Chip could replicate, both in his mind and in the minds of the boosters and administrators, the kind of success he had here previously, then there’d be no question he’d be certainly one of the first people they call. I don’t know if that’s happening.”

BYU coach Kalani Sitake is also reportedly a candidate for the opening.

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Oct 16, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; UCLA Bruins head coach Chip Kelly reacts following a touchdown against the Washington Huskies during the second quarter at Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

UCLA questions call on missed FG after 34-31 loss

Two days after UCLA lost by three points to Oregon, Bruins head coach Chip Kelly said video replays appear to show the three points his team was looking for.

Kelly contended at practice Monday that a second-quarter field-goal attempt by kicker Nicholas Barr-Mira appeared to be within the uprights, an opinion at odds with what officials ruled at the time.

A made field goal on Barr-Mira’s 35-yard attempt in the second quarter would have given UCLA a 17-7 lead. Instead, the Ducks finished off a 34-31 comeback victory after initially trailing by 14 points.

“Nick still thinks it was good, but it was ruled differently,” Kelly said Monday, according to the Los Angeles Times.

And what does Kelly think?

“I agree with Nick,” Kelly said.

The Bruins will not appeal the loss or ask for an apology from the Pac-12 Conference, Kelly said. They did not request a replay at the time the kick was ruled wide left because coaches in the booth did not see one before Oregon ran the next play.

UCLA fell to 5-3 overall and 3-2 in the Pac-12 South, behind both Utah and Arizona State, who are both 3-1. Arizona State defeated UCLA 42-23 on Oct. 2, and the Bruins play at Utah on Saturday.

–Field Level Media