UCLA Director of Athletics Dan Guerrero has named former NFL and college head coach Chip Kelly as the Bruins' 17th head football coach.
The San Francisco 49ers then chose to try Kelly as their head coach, but he was canned after just one season thanks to a 2-14 record in 2016.
Kelly has not coached on the collegiate level since 2012, when he led the University of OR to a 12-1 record and an appearance in the Fiesta Bowl, where it defeated Kansas State by a score of 35-17. UCLA fired Jim Mora after the Bruins lost to crosstown rival USC in their last away game of the season.
Florida administrators met with Kelly on Sunday in New Hampshire and remained in contact with him earlier this week, but no deal was forthcoming between the two. It reportedly came down to the Bruins and Florida for Kelly's services, but ultimately, he made a decision to stay on the west coast.
Kelly, 54, is coming off a failed one-year stint as the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers and after three years with the Eagles. 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.
Kelly also had been considering the vacant job with the Florida Gators.
Chip Kelly is returning to the Pac-12. The Bruins could end up in the Independence Bowl. Since then Kelly has been working as an analyst for ESPN.