What new UCLA coach Chip Kelly said at his introductory press conference

Chip Kelly’s return to college football has been long anticipated, and his choice to make it with UCLA has put the Pac-12 (and the rest of the country on notice).

He won’t coach an actual game for another nine months, when the Bruins open the 2018 season at home Sept. 1, against Cincinnati. Until then UCLA fans will have to get by with what Kelly does on the recruiting trail and what he says, starting with Monday’s introductory press conference.

Kelly, after posing with athletic director Dan Guerrero while holding a powder blue UCLA jersey, lightened the mood with a joke about the sizable attendance for the press conference: “Not a lot going on in LA today, I can see, from this crowd.”

Kelly spoke of the honor it was to be included in the same coaching fraternity as legendary UCLA men’s basketball coach John Wooden:

Known for being an innovative coach in terms of schemes and play-calling, particularly on offense, Kelly broke down how that has come about for him:

Kelly, who last coached in 2016 with the San Francisco 49ers—he was fired after one season after spending three years with the Philadelphia Eagles—said he consulted numerous coaches about getting back into the game. That included David Cutcliffe, who is doing wonders at Duke after having been fired by Ole Miss and taking some time off:

Kelly met with the Bruins’ current players at 8:30 a.m. PT on Monday, including Josh Rosen. He saiid it was the first time he’s ever spoken with the junior quarterback.

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