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Chip Kelly Watch: Comparing Florida and UCLA

We know there's mutual interest between Chip Kelly and the Florida Gators.

There might be mutual interest between Kelly and UCLA, too.

Let's compare the programs


UF: Jim McElwain's salary was about $4.5 million per year

UCLA: Jim Mora made $3.55 million, according to USA Today's database. It's worth noting, too, that the Bruins were willing to spend $12 million on his buyout, which seems like a shift in that school's commitment to success.


UF: Football revenue was $83.8 million, with $32 million in football expenses.

UCLA: Football revenue was $38.5 million, with $26.7 million in football expenses, according to figures submitted to the U.S. Department of Education.


UF: The Gators' facilities are improving (an indoor practice facility opened in 2015), but still very much a work in progress. Just ask McElwain. UF has a stand-alone football complex in the works, which is a nice selling point for the future that doesn't help with the present. The Swamp provides a great homefield advantage but needs some sprucing up.

UCLA: The Bruins just opened the Wasserman Football Center before the season. It's gorgeous. The Swamp is great, but I don't think anything beats the Rose Bowl.


UF: The flagship university in one of the three best states for prospects. You're near three major metro areas (Orlando, Tampa and Jacksonville) and not too far from Miami or Atlanta. But few states are recruited as heavily as Florida, and the rival Seminoles and Hurricanes aren't going to make things easy.

UCLA: Southern California is loaded with prospects, too, in one of the other two most fertile recruiting states. The downside is that UCLA is the No. 2 team in its own city; more kids grow up wanting to be Trojans than Bruins, and I'm not sure how quickly that will change – if it can change at all.


UF: The Gators have three Heisman Trophy winners plus three national titles since 1996. Since 2006, UF is 108-47 with five 10-win seasons.

UCLA: The NCAA credits the Bruins with one national title (1954) and one Heisman winner (Gary Beban, 1967). Since 2006, UCLA is 80-73 with a pair of 10-win seasons.

Path to a title

UF: The SEC is no longer the clear-cut best conference in the country, but it's challenging. The Gators are in what has been the weaker division, although Georgia is clearly on the rise. The annual regular-season finale with Florida State is tough.

UCLA: The Pac-12 isn't as top-heavy as the SEC, and the South isn't great (even though USC has rebuilt itself). You can make it to the College Football Playoff from the league, but it's no guarantee. No school from the league qualified in 2015, and it's likely that the conference will be shut out again this year.

Both jobs have their perks. I think UF is a better job, but that's irrelevant. There's only one opinion that matters: Chip Kelly's. I don't know what he's thinking, but I expect we'll find out in the next few days.

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