UCLA AD fires back at report about Chip Kelly’s status
Are the rumors of the dismissal of UCLA coach Chip Kelly to be believed or just that: rumors?
On Thursday, reports surfaced that Kelly, who has been with the Bruins program since 2018, was potentially on the verge of losing his job. According to FootballScoop, possible targets for the university could be Urban Meyer and Chris Petersen.
UCLA athletic director Martin Jarmond, however, says the report is not accurate.
“There is absolutely ZERO truth to that report,” Jarmond said, according to Bruce Feldman. “Chip is my guy. I’m disappointed that FootballScoop would put that out there. Me and Chip are tight. We’re rolling forward and I’m looking forward to Saturday.”
If Jarmond did want to make a move, he would be likely be justified in doing so as Kelly has struggled to a 10-20 record, a far cry from the success he enjoyed at Oregon during his first stint as a college football head coach. The Bruins are 3-3 this year, winners of 2 of their least 3. Kelly’s squad fell just short of an upset to crosstown rival USC, losing 43-38 to the current No. 13 team in the College Football Playoff poll.
As of now, though, it sounds like Kelly is set to remain in Westwood for at least another year, the 4th of a 5-year deal he signed in Nov. 2017.