UCLA football had a forgettable week in more ways than one way.
Let’s begin to take a look at all of the anger, frustration, and letdowns the majority of UCLA football fans have faced this week.
Dante Moore leads the list of UCLA players entering the Transfer Portal.
Moore along with several other players made their intentions known as the transfer portal opened up for all players on Dec. 4. There were enormous expectations for Moore this preseason as he came to UCLA as a highly touted five-star prospect. He was supposed to be the future Bruin quarterback leading UCLA moving forward but he will be heading elsewhere to play next season.
To make matters worse, other UCLA players entered the transfer portal Keegan Jones, Carsen Ryan, and Kam Brown who all scored at least one touchdown for the Bruins this season.
Not only did UCLA lose its defensive coordinator after one season, they lost him to their main rival.
Lynn’s defense overall performed well and improved in comparison to the past seasons going back to the 2017 season. His and UCLA’s defense grades per pff.com have the Bruin defense ranked 8th overall and 1st in pass rush defense for this season.
His best games as a defensive coordinator came early in the season when he and the UCLA defense through their first five games held their opponents on average to only 11.6 points per game during that stretch of games.
The L.A. Times is reporting the deal will make him one of the highest-paid defensive coordinators in the country and will double the salary he was making at UCLA.
Like him or not, UCLA decided to not make a change in the end with the head coaching position.
Various social media posts show that at minimum, there is a good portion of UCLA fans who were hoping that Chip Kelly would either get fired or leave for another head coaching job.
Kelly has had his ups and downs this season as discussed in length before with him going undefeated in non-conference play and defeating main rival USC by 18. However, when the Bruins couldn’t score on the road against Utah or turned the ball over multiple times against Oregon State, some fans began to become frustrated with Kelly more than usual.
It wasn’t until the home loss to Arizona State that a good portion of Bruin fans began to voice their opinions online and the home loss to Cal was the final straw for a decent amount of UCLA fans who wanted Kelly to no longer be the head coach of the Bruins.
All in all, this was a week to forget by UCLA football fans and the hope is that next week can’t get any worse but as the old saying goes, “It can always get worse.”