Bruce Feldman of The Athletic reports that Kelly has agreed to a four-year extension with UCLA to remain as head coach of the team. UCLA finished with an 8-4 record this season, a vast improvement over the first three years of Kelly’s tenure.
Here are some reactions around the college football landscape on the extension.
Good for Chip https://t.co/9MghHXnIvX
— Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) January 15, 2022
Chip racking it up https://t.co/yQTK1VIpdK
— The Jboy Show (@thejboyshow) January 14, 2022
Good for Chip and UCLA. The team was good this year and improving. https://t.co/KZ072wG7k6
— Eric Eager 📊🏈 (@PFF_Eric) January 14, 2022
Pac-12 is gonna be fun again with Kelly succeeding at UCLA, Whittingham still building killers at Utah, Riley at USC, Lanning at Oregon, new blood at both Washington and WSU… Gonna make for some great matchups. https://t.co/Nc1XfSHcsL
— EJ Snyder (@thedraftsmanFB) January 15, 2022
Kelly’s record at UCLA is not an impressive one if you take into account his full tenure at the school, sitting at an 18-25 record.
UCLA was a rebuilding football school before he got there, and it appears that they are on an upward trajectory going forward.
Kelly has always been known for his offensive mastermind dating back to his option offense at Oregon, and it has paid off for UCLA. The Bruins rank number 1 in Pac-12 scoring, which shows that his system is certainly still working at the college level.
This extension will keep Kelly at UCLA through the 2025 college football season. There were rumors back in December of a possible reunion for Kelly to return to Oregon, but Oregon decided to go in a different direction, and Kelly will be there to stay at UCLA.