Why Chip Kelly ultimately turned down Florida head coaching job

Posted November 27, 2017

The San Francisco 49ers then made a decision to try Kelly as their head coach, but he was canned after just one season thanks to a 2-14 record in 2016. Kelly finished with a 46-7 record at Oregon. Kelly, the 17th head coach in the school's history, is expected to be introduced to the public at UCLA on Monday. He was named the Associated Press Coach of the Year in 2010.

UCLA Athletics announced Saturday morning that Chip Kelly will be the Bruins' new head coach, less than a week after UCLA fired former head coach Jim Mora. The Ducks fell 22-19 to Auburn in the 2011 National Championship Game.

He won 12 games in each of his last three years with OR and went 10-3 in his first season with the school in 2009. Kelly was also a top candidate for the Florida job, but took himself out of the running on Friday after getting the offer from UCLA. He ended up taking the Eagles to 10 wins and an NFC East Division title before losing in the Wild Card Round of the playoffs to the New Orleans Saints.

Football Scoop and Yahoo reported the news on Friday that Kelly was no longer considering Florida and he was expected to pick UCLA and replace Jim Mora who was sacked last Sunday, one day after losing again to rival USC. The Bruins are looking at a second consecutive season without a bowl game.