Chip Kelly
Chip Kelly is set to become the next head football coach at UCLA. (Ross D. Franklin / Associated Press)

Fast-paced, high-powered offense is set to return to the west coast next fall in Los Angeles.

The UCLA Bruins reached an agreement Saturday with Chip Kelly to become the next head football coach of the program, according to Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports.

The school confirmed the move, which will pay Kelly $23.3 million over the next five seasons with a $9 million buyout.

“It is an absolute honor to join the Bruin Family, and I am grateful to Chancellor Block and to Dan Guerrero for this incredible opportunity,” Kelly said in a statement. “UCLA is a world-class institution with a distinguished history in athletics, and we will do our part to uphold its tradition of excellence.”

Kelly returns to the Pac-12 Conference after four lackluster seasons in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers.

But the master of uptempo offenses once flourished as Oregon’s head coach from 2009-2012, accumulating a robust 46-7 record.

Kelly won three Pac-12 titles with Oregon and fell just three points short of defeating Cam Newton’s Auburn Tigers in the 2011 BCS National Championship Game.

Now he will look to resurrect a program that has been living in the shadow of USC for the greater part of two decades.


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