Why Chip Kelly ultimately turned down Florida head coaching job

Report: Chip Kelly Finalizing Deal With UCLA To Be Next Head Coach

Why Chip Kelly ultimately turned down Florida head coaching job

The University of Florida had been pursuing Kelly, but the Gators chose to move in another direction this week.

The program announced that it had tabbed Kelly as a replacement for Jim Mora on Saturday morning after rumors were swirling regarding him taking the job. 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 went 46-7 at OR between 2009-12, including victories in the Rose Bowl and Fiesta Bowl. The program then brought in Kelly, who was best known for a dominant coaching performance in four seasons at OR, as well as less-successful stints in the National Football League with the San Francisco 49ers and Philadelphia Eagles.

With the Ducks, Kelly established himself as one of college football's most innovative coaches, particularly on the offensive side of the ball.

He was hired by the Niners to succeed Jim Harbaugh in 2016 and led the team to a miserable 2-14 record and was sacked after one season. The Bruins are looking at a second consecutive season without a bowl game.

Kelly is tasked with replacing Jim Mora, who went 46-30 in his six years in charge of the Bruins but was just 28-26 in Pac-12 play and 17-19 overall in the past three seasons.

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