30 Nov UCLA’s New Head Coach; Chip Kelly
By: Shane Thompson – @ShanerTSC13
Well, here we go. The guy that the majority of UCLA fans wanted to replace Jim Mora made it clear that it wasn’t a hard decision turning down an offer from Florida University to head to Westwood and take over an inconsistent program. There are of course those pessimistic fans that find it hard to believe that Kelly won’t live up to expectations, I am here to tell them that they are wrong and for many reasons. In 4 years as a head coach at Oregon, he went 46-7 and his worst year was 10-3. They still ranked #11 overall. That happened to be his first season at the helm. Few coaches are able to have even 8 wins their first year. The next three years, Oregon won 12 games each time. Chip has won a Rose Bowl and came up just short against a loaded Auburn Tigers team featuring Cam Newton in a BCS National Championship game. This is all in only a four year span. We all know his system ultimately failed in the NFL. You know who else wasn’t a good NFL coach? Nick Saban.
Chip Kelly has won numerous Coach of the Year Awards, coached 3 all-Americans, been to meaningful bowl games every single year. There is one thing that he can do better than Jim Mora, Rick Neuheisel, Karl Dorrell and even Bob Toledo. He can recruit. His system is modern, its fast paced, it’s even labeled as “more fun” than the pro style offense. All I’m saying is, if he can have this much success in Eugene, imagine what he can do not only coaching in Southern California, but having the advantage of using UCLA’s brand new multi-structured facility that just opened on August 1st. Kelly’s contract is for five years and at only twenty three million. In my opinion, UCLA just got a steal.