• Chip Kelly taking a demotion to get out of UCLA is a gut punch for the

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    There are plenty of ways to spin it that Chip Kelly leaving the head
    coaching position at UCLA to become the offensive coordinator at Ohio
    State isnít a sign of the apocalypse for the Bruins.

    Kelly is 60 and he's already made a lot of money. Head coaching jobs are a grind. Heís never gotten the program truly rolling the way it was
    expected. Hired to much promise, his Bruins have gone 35-34 overall, 26-26
    in league play over six seasons. Itís possible he was on the hot seat.

    Even last yearís 8-5 record ó ostensibly OK on paper ó was built off a
    weak non-conference schedule and featured just one victory over a ranked opponent (Washington State).

    Besides, being the OC at Ohio State is a pretty good gig, likely to pay
    close to, if not above $2 million per year. Youíre going to win games,
    coach talent and compete for championships. After being the head coach of Oregon and UCLA in college and Philadelphia and San Francisco in the NFL, thatís not a bad deal.

    Still Ö

    When the head coach of UCLA just up and quits to become an assistant
    somewhere else, it should make you question everything.

    After all, the reason Ohio State needed an offensive coordinator is
    because Bill OíBrien left the job to become the head coach at Boston
    College. So BC is more desirable than UCLA?

    Transitively it now is.

    Start with this, UCLA hasnít been good in a long, long time. This century,
    the Bruins have appeared in the final AP Top 25 just four times and have
    zero 10-win regular seasons.

    From Bob Toledo to Karl Dorrell to Rick Neuheisel to Jim Mora to Kelly,
    the school has attracted some talented and accomplished coaches who all
    thought they could win with the combination of elite academics, prime
    location, brilliant weather and plenty of local talent.

    Instead all spun their wheels.

    Now the job will require not succeeding in the Pac-12 where UCLA, even in
    a cash-strapped program with a home field far from campus, had plenty of built-in advantages. Starting next fall it heads to an 18-team Big Ten juggernaut.

    Maybe the competition was too much for Kelly. UCLA jumped to the Big Ten
    not because it serves its student athletes or goals of fielding winning programs. It did it for the money.

    Over the last five years, the UCLA athletic department has posted deficits
    of $36.6 million (2023), $28.0 million (2022), $62.5 million (2021), $21.7 million (2020) and $18.9 million (2019). Desperate for a lifeline, it
    jumped to the financial higher ground of the Midwest, where the Big Ten promised massive $60-$70 million annual payouts.

    The money should help stop the bleeding, but it will take time that Kelly likely didnít have. In terms of actually winning games? There has been no perceived bump of recruiting or transfer interest in the Bruins since the announced move to the Big Ten. This isnít going to be easy or fun.

    Some of that falls on Kelly ó UCLA is still UCLA, after all. He had his
    moments in recruiting, notably landing five-star quarterback Dante Moore
    out of Detroit in 2023. Kelly then promptly lost him to Oregon after
    Moore's freshman season.

    Whomever is coming in has to figure out how to change that. A passion for recruiting has to be the key character trait. Kellyís offense at Oregon
    was innovative and explosive, and the belief was that he could duplicate
    what he did with the Ducks if he was given easy access to the athletes of Southern California. Instead he never got it done.

    Roster building will have to be everything going forward, even as the UCLA collective will need to work to get up to par with Oregon, let alone Ohio State.

    There is still an enormous amount of high school talent in Southern
    California and just two major programs ó UCLA and USC ó where they can
    stay home and play. Getting people to transfer in shouldnít be impossible.

    The unsolvable issue is fan support and the location of the Rose Bowl.
    Itís a famed stadium in a beautiful location. It's also more than an hour
    drive from Westwood, which makes drawing students, let alone much of Los Angeles, a significant challenge. Crowds of 40,000 feel empty in that big
    bowl.

    If you are a local kid, itís true your family will be able to come see you play, but itís possible not a whole lot of other people will. Unless you
    start winning.

    Still, someone can make this work. There are too many positives. Too many advantages. No, it isnít perfect but no one in Westwood is expecting a
    national championship, just an above-average team that might contend every
    few years for a spot in the new expanded playoff.

    Kelly wasnít going to be that guy. Six full seasons in, that was fairly
    clear. Change was inevitable and he seemingly knew it. Might as well make
    the move on his own terms.

    It may be jarring for UCLA ó UCLA! ó to know its head coach would choose
    to be an assistant elsewhere, but good candidates will arrive, the money
    will begin to come in, and maybe, just maybe, something can be built, even
    in the mightier Big Ten.

    Maybe.

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