Los Angeles Times UCLA beat writer Ben Bolch wrote about the situation for USC’s rivals and he makes it clear: Kelly is not an elite coach and it’s time for the Bruins to move on.
Martin Jarmond constantly talks about being elite. The word reflects the ideals of a UCLA athletic department that uses excellence as a baseline for everything it does. Then there’s what’s happening with Chip Kelly and the football program. Elite never enters the conversation. Elite is not going 15-25, a .375 winning percentage that is the worst in school history for any coach who did not hold an interim tag. Elite is not hoping to finish with a record above .500 for the first time in Year Four. Elite is not keeping a failed defensive coordinator, at $700,000 per year, because of loyalty to a friend. Elite is not losing three consecutive home games, failing to reward fans who show up before dawn for ESPN’s “College GameDay” because they’re desperate to support a winner. Elite is not hoping to make the Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl. Elite is not touting how your team never gives up and intends to correct the same mistakes it makes week after week. Elite is not talking about having a really good Wednesday when Saturdays are all that matter in college football. Elite is not Chip Kelly.