Chip Kelly and the UCLA Bruins had a very nice building block season in 2021.
The 58-year-old head coach led UCLA to a promising 8-4 season in 2021. The Bruins earned a Holiday Bowl berth this season, though were unable to play in the game due to a COVID-19 outbreak within the program.
Still, Kelly and UCLA have some nice momentum heading into the 2022 season. But will Kelly definitely be back in Southern California?
According to a report, there is no guarantee that Kelly will be back in 2022.
Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury-Newshad the following details:
To be clear: We believe it’s more likely than not that Kelly will coach the Bruins next season. But by no means is his return guaranteed, according to sources familiar with the situation.
Football Scoop had more on the situation:
With the end of the season, Chip Kelly is now under contract only for 2022, but that's not all. As of today, his buyout is $9 million. As of Jan. 16, the number drops to zero.
Kelly could leave for another job at no cost to him, and UCLA could let him go at no cost to the school.
It could be an interesting couple of weeks at UCLA.