UCLA football is back, baby.
That's right, after years of mediocrity under ex-Philadelphia Eagles/San Francisco 49ers head coach Chip Kelly, the former Oregon Ducks maverick has put it all together with fifth-year quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson under center, and the team is reaping the benefits as a result.
Sure, The Bruins have one loss, ironically against Kelly's former Ducks, but if they win out, they have a very good chance to land a choice Bowl game, not to mention a spot in the Pac-12 Championship Game, in a rematch against Oregon.
What? You didn't know UCLA was in the middle of a resurgent season? Maybe thats because the team routinely plays late night games as part of the “Pac-12 After Dark.” Pretty lame, right? Well, Kelly thinks do too, as he explained to the media, as per Ben Bolch of the LA Times.
“‘Pac-12 in the Dark,' that's the hashtag. We find out six days – we don't know when we're playing, so we're in the dark then. And then we play at night, so we're in the dark there. So #Pac12InTheDark.”
“Those are the TV contracts that they signed a long time ago, it's got nothing to do with George and his group. The biggest thing for me is … just the exposure. We had a team run for 400 yards last Saturday night and no one knows about it.”
Will the Pac-12 make things right and get UCLA some better time slots? Only time will tell, but if not, Bruins fans can at least look forward to better treatment from the Big 10 in 2024, when UCLA football and USC football jump ship to the conference full-time.
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— UCLA Football (@UCLAFootball) November 6, 2022