Kelly has agreed to a five-year contract worth $23.3 million, with a buyout worth $9 million. The Bruins fired coach Jim Mora on Sunday and immediately jumped into the Kelly sweepstakes.
Kelly, who is now an analyst for ESPN, is also moving on to other potential landing spots with UCLA as the front runner if he decides to return to coaching. Kelly went 46-7 at OR between 2009-12, including victories in the Rose Bowl and Fiesta Bowl. What about for Kelly, who was also considering the vacant Florida job? Offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch was named interim head coach for the remainder of the season. Kelly finished with a 46-7 record at Oregon. He could still remain in an analyst role at ESPN, where he has spent this season.
But that tenure was not without controversy as the NCAA Committee on Infractions handed down penalties to the program in 2013 because of recruiting violations, including three years of probation and an 18-month show-cause penalty for Kelly.
Kelly met with UCLA officials Tuesday, according to multiple reports. In his four seasons in Eugene, Kelly became the first coach in school history to guide the program to three consecutive undisputed conference championships (2009-11) and its first three 12-win seasons (2010-12). "I look forward to his presence in Westwood".