Chip Kelly agrees to contract extension with UCLA through 2027
Chip Kelly will stick around UCLA for many more years.
The Bruins’ head football coach signed a contract extension through the 2027 season, the school announced Friday.
UCLA finished the 2022 season with a 9–4 record, which earned it a berth in the Sun Bowl, where the Bruins lost to Pittsburgh 37–35.
UCLA finished 21st in the final AP Top 25 and Coaches Poll.
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“I am excited about our football program under the leadership of Coach Kelly and his talented staff,” UCLA athletic director Martin Jarmond said in a statement. “The football program is on an upward trajectory both on the field and in the classroom. Coach Kelly and his staff have done a tremendous job developing the young men as demonstrated by their academic excellence.”
According to the Los Angeles Times , the multi-year extension means Kelly will earn $6.1 million over the next two seasons, before his salary increases to $6.2 million per season in 2025, 2026 and 2027.
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The Times also reported that if Kelly resigns before the end of the 2023 season, he will have to pay UCLA $3 million.
The Bruins’ offense thrived in 2022 and averaged over 500 yards per game.
Running back Zach Charbonnet averaged 135.9 rushing yards, best in the Pac-12 Conference.
Quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson set career records for completions and touchdown passes. He had 1,826 rushing yards over 48 starts at quarterback.
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The Bruins were also strong on defense, giving up an average of 130.3 rushing yards per game to opponents.
Kelly returned to the college football ranks to coach at UCLA in 2018 after two head coaching stints in the NFL.