Report: Chip Kelly on the hot seat, Urban Meyer mentioned as possible replacement
Will UCLA’s game with Stanford on Saturday be the last on the UCLA sideline for Bruins head coach Chip Kelly?
According to Football Scoop, Kelly’s job isn’t safe beyond this weekend.
Even in the event of a win over Stanford on Saturday, there is no guarantee that Kelly will return to UCLA next season, as Kelly’s three-year record of 10-20, and 10-14 in Pac-12 play doesn’t cry out job security.
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Sources: Chip Kelly not guaranteed to return at UCLA, Bruins could target big name replacements https://t.co/ZDma81nZ7S
— FootballScoop Staff (@FootballScoop) December 17, 2020
Should UCLA move on from Kelly, speculation on replacements are many, including former Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer, according to Football Scoop.
Meyer and UCLA athletic director Martin Jarmond, who inherited Kelly’s contract when he began at UCLA in May, have a history dating back to when Meyer began at Ohio State. Jarmond was the lead administrator for football at Ohio State, and sources have said the pair’s relationship goes beyond football.
Meyer recently turned down interests from Texas, but has not definitively stated he was done coaching, indicating that the “perfect job” could lure him back to a sideline.
NFL coaching positions are open as well, so it will be interesting to see if the sidelines in Westwood would be a “perfect” or not.
Update: UCLA athletic director Martin Jarmond has refuted this report:
— Martin Jarmond (@MartinJarmond) December 17, 2020