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The Pac-12 has passed a rule which will require conference squads to win at least six games to achieve bowl eligibility.
That means that the possibility of a bowl at 5-7 is no longer going to be in the cards for the conference. The NCAA has been using teams in that phylum to fill extra bowl slots when needed depending on the strength of the field, with APR (academic progress rate) used as the determining factor. There was no need to include any 5-7 programs in the fray this past bowl season, but two such schools were required in 2016 and three in 2015. Ever-opinionated Washington State HC Mike Leach more or less shrugged his shoulders and rolled his eyes at the Pac-12's new rule, saying, "Why should we limit opportunities when other conferences aren't?" and adding that if his team happened to go 5-7 they could "probably use the practice" afforded to them by a bowl. Jun 5 - 4:53 PM

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UCLA Head Coach Chip Kelly announced, "there is a possibility" they won't play a spring game this year.

Kelly explained, "It all depends on depth. So we have got two more practice opportunities, today and Thursday, and then we’ll reconvene after that and see what our depth is accordingly." The Bruins "depth" is suffering from a combination of injuries to current players and having players transfer or quit after the changes in coaching staffs. Kelly said he would like to play the game but may have to change the format based on the availability of his players. It seems likely the Bruins will play a game in some fashion.
Source: Fansided
Apr 18 - 9:05 PM

ESPN's Mark Schlabach believes that UCLA HC Chip Kelly will make an immediate impact in the Pac-12.

We're not completely sold. They're going to be down a number of notable pieces come August. Bruins QB Josh Rosen is the headline loss for the team in terms of draft declarations, but the Bruins will also be short NFL hopefuls in WR Jordan Lasley and T Kolton Miller. And Miller is not the only offensive lineman the team will have to replace -- all told, they're going to be out three starters from the past campaign. Factor in one of the worst run defenses in the country and you're looking at an uphill climb for immediate relevancy. Schlabach believes that UCLA "should be as good as anyone else" in the Pac-12 South beyond USC, regardless. That probably says more about the relative weakness of the Pac-12 South than it does UCLA's upside.
Jan 15 - 2:39 PM

Sources tell Football Scoop that Cal defensive line coach Jerry Azzinaro will be named defensive coordinator at UCLA.

Azzinaro is one of the most respected defensive line coaches in the country, and while he's spent most of his career in that position, he's also coordinated defenses for Duke from 2004-2006 and UMass in 1994. Chip Kelly's first staff is starting to come together, with offensive coordinator likely being the next big hire for the Bruins.
Fri, Dec 1, 2017 12:34:00 AM

Football Scoop reports that UCLA HC Chip Kelly plans on retaining WR coach Jimmie Dougherty, RB coach DeShaun Foster and OL coach Hank Fraley.

Kelly is still in the process of finalizing his staff with the Bruins after landing the head-coaching job on Sunday. The biggest dominoes have yet to fall one way or another, as we're still waiting to hear on the fates of OC Jedd Fisch and DC Tom Bradley.
Thu, Nov 30, 2017 03:33:00 PM

Chip Kelly agreed to a five-year contract worth $23.3 million to become UCLA's next head coach.

The deal comes with a $9 million reciprocal buyout. This move is official following UCLA's announcement on Saturday morning. "I am thrilled to welcome Chip Kelly to Westwood," UCLA AD Dan Guerrero said. Kelly has worked as a TV analyst this season after spending the previous four as head coach of the San Francisco 49ers (2016) and Philadelphia Eagles (2013-15). Prior to that, of course, he was one of the most innovative college coaches of the past decade. Kelly went 46-7 at Oregon between 2009-12, including victories in the Rose Bowl and Fiesta Bowl. The Ducks played in a BCS bowl in each of his four seasons and made the National Championship game following the 2010 season. He was named the Associated Press Coach of the Year in 2010. After firing Jim Mora, the Bruins beat out a host of suitors, most notably Florida, to land Kelly. Kelly's first order of business: Hit the recruiting trail hard and close ground on archrival USC.
Source: UCLA
Sat, Nov 25, 2017 11:52:00 AM

Yahoo's Pete Thamel reports a deal between Chip Kelly and UCLA is expected to be completed by the end of the weekend.

Chip is back. The deal is being "finalized," so Kelly has certainly verbally agreed to the take the job. Kelly seemed headed for Florida before UCLA abruptly fired Jim Mora, thus opening up Kelly's options. The better fit has been discussed numerous times, as players and the school need to buy into Kelly's system both on and off the field. We think it is easy to buy into a coach that went 46-7 at Oregon over four seasons.
Sat, Nov 25, 2017 10:31:00 AM

Football Scoop reports that the coaches they have spoken with believe that Chip Kelly will accept the open head-coaching position at UCLA.

One coach told Football Scoop that "[i]t's dead quiet" at UCLA as they await word from Kelly. Multiple reports earlier in the day have Florida -- considered to be the other leading candidate for Kelly's services -- moving on to focus on other options beyond the former Oregon coach, with UCF's Scott Frost looking like their top target at this juncture. They will reportedly meet with Frost this weekend. As for when Kelly plans on making his decision, CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd reported earlier in the week that he'll make his choice by Sunday.
Fri, Nov 24, 2017 06:16:00 PM

Yahoo Sports' Pat Forde reports that Florida has taken themselves out of the running for Chip Kelly.

Florida and UCLA have both reportedly been hot-and-heavy on Kelly, but per Forde, the Gators did not come to an agreement with Kelly when they met with him in New Hampshire last Sunday. While they have kept in touch with him throughout the week, the program has now opted to look at other options. Forde passes along that UCF's Scott Frost is now their preferred candidate for head coach. With Florida out of the running, here, UCLA should now be considered the prohibitive failure to reel in Kelly. CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd reported earlier in the week that he is expected to make a decision by Sunday.
Fri, Nov 24, 2017 03:13:00 PM

Multiple outlets are reporting that Chip Kelly is leaning toward accepting the open head-coaching position at UCLA.

There have been an avalanche of various reports regarding Kelly and his future job plans in the last 12 hours. ESPN's Mark Schlabach reported early on Wednesday morning that Kelly had met with UCLA officials on Tuesday and would be deciding between Florida and the Bruins in the coming days. He reportedly met with Florida officials on Sunday. While two outlets reported earlier on Wednesday that Kelly-to-UCLA was a done deal, one of those reports (by 247Sports) has subsequently been pulled and there has been no official word from the Bruins as to a hiring. CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd is reporting that a decision one way or another is likely by Sunday. At this juncture, Kelly is not expected to take a job outside of either UCLA or Florida, though USA Today hears that Arizona State might be enticing if the Sun Devils opt to move on from Todd Graham.
Wed, Nov 22, 2017 08:26:00 PM

ESPN's Mark Schlabach reports Chip Kelly met with UCLA officials on Tuesday and will choose between UCLA and Florida "in the coming days"

Schlabach adds Kelly will not consider any other openings. The two offers and locations are quite different from a recruiting standpoint. Thanks to his transition from college to the NFL, we know Kelly wants to enforce his identity on his program. Deciding which school will accept and buy into that is the most important piece to this choice.
Wed, Nov 22, 2017 10:15:00 AM

Yahoo's Pete Thamel reports Florida has already begun a "thorough vetting" of Chip Kelly.

"That includes calls to NFL executives to do general background on Kelly and exploration of his NCAA issues at Oregon," Thamel reports. Kelly is listed along with Mississippi State's Dan Mullen and UCF's Scott Frost as the top three candidates, but obviously Kelly is the one currently outside of coaching, although he is fantastic on ESPN. Frost actually worked under Kelly at Oregon from 2009-2012 as a receivers coach. Florida will play UCF in just a few weeks.
Source: Yahoo
Mon, Nov 13, 2017 09:54:00 AM

Fox Sports' Stewart Mandel believes that UCLA and Texas A&M are the most realistic landing spots for Chip Kelly if he returns to the sidelines in 2018.

The analyst also tossed out as possibilities Tennessee, Auburn and Ole Miss from the SEC, and Arizona State from the Pac-12. Kelly was recently hired by ESPN as a studio analyst.
Source: Fox Sports
Wed, May 31, 2017 04:57:00 PM

ESPN hired former Oregon HC Chip Kelly to serve as a college football studio analyst.

"Working in television will allow me to see the game from a different angle; simultaneously, I‘ll provide viewers an insight to the mindset of a coach and team while offering alternative views of various situations," Kelly said in a statement. It will be interesting to see whether Kelly simply uses the 2017 season as a one-off for television before circling back around to coaching. We have seen Urban Meyer -- who worked at ESPN between his gigs at Florida and Ohio State -- and Rich Rodriguez -- who worked at CBS Sports Network between his jobs at Michigan and Arizona -- both use television as a sort of one-year buffer before jumping back into the fray.
Fri, May 26, 2017 05:14:00 PM

Appearing on the Setting the Edge podcast, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said Chip Kelly landing at Alabama as OC is "possible, but I'm not sure it is likely."

Rapoport brought up "reclamation projects" Nick Saban has taken, including Steve Sarkisian and Lane Kiffin. The reporter adds some close to Kelly want him to take the year off. Kelly's name was linked to the Falcons' offensive coordinator spot, which was filled by Sarkisian, and then later linked to Alabama's opening. However, it sounds unlikely.
Wed, Feb 8, 2017 06:35:00 PM