Interview with head coach of UCLA BRUINS Chip Kelly

Interview with head coach of UCLA BRUINS Chip Kelly

okay so i’m very excited to let everybody know that chip kelly is going to be on the podcast today um i did the interview with him the other night and very very awesome very nice guy appreciate him very much for coming on my podcast which doesn’t have very many viewers but when i emailed him and he got back to me i explained to him that i’m still a new podcast trying to get my feet wet and he understood i just wanted to talk to him about the oregon situation back where he came from in new hampshire the ucla job pretty much basic stuff um just a quick interview i think i told him 10 minutes i’m not sure exactly how long it lasted he was very nice very awesome guy appreciate him coming on the podcast and i’m going to play that for you here in a second hawaii at ucla this saturday night ucla favored by 17 points in that game i will have a free pick later on in the week whenever i figure out who i’m gonna go with am i gonna go with hawaii plus the 17 or is ucla and chip kelly gonna beat the out of this team we’ll know i’ll know my decision on that will be later on in the week when i figure out who i’m gonna go with but right now i’m gonna play uh the phone call with chip kelly from last night and i appreciate everybody listening in please give me a thumbs up please comment and share because this is a big big big big interview big deal for me especially thank you all right so i have a list of questions for you that i put together uh here and the first question i have and i think everybody’s curious about this one how has the coveted 19 pandemic affected recruiting for you uh this past year to the eight last 18 months how has it affected the recruiting it was interesting for all of us i mean um i think it was march 13th or march friday march 13th where really the ncaa shut down you know and we were on a a dead period in all sports from the 13th of march until june 1st of 2020 um and that opened the window back up for visits so everything we did from march 13th till june first um was all over zoom or facetime or phone calls or text messages so none of it was in person you know our class that we signed in december of 20 um some of them enrolled early but 11 of them showed up here on june 21st and it was really the first time for most of those guys and we had never seen them face to face because everything was just for the last 18 months had been done online so it was it was unique um you know i think the technology part helped everybody um but it was different you know usually you want to see kids in person you want to see them practice um maybe play another sport you know what it was like when you’re when you’re getting recruited is if the kid’s a basketball player you want to go watch him play in a basketball court or or see him at a track meet um but all those things are out the window or just see him at a camp you know the whole camp circuit was off that that in the year of 20 and we weren’t allowed to go to campus and see any kids either so um it was all done off the film um a lot of schools played but there are some high schools you know new mexico hawaii some of those high schools they didn’t play football so you don’t have any tape from a kid after his sophomore year so you’re trying to project them um in the ncaa we gave everybody the year back but in high school they didn’t give him the year back so kids kept moving on so you just had a they had to adapt and adjust but the good thing was that everybody that you were competing with was following the same rules and um that was just part of the process that you had to deal with you know okay so a couple years ago you went back to austin stadium in oregon for the first time as ucla head coach how do you feel the crowd treated you in your return back to oregon um it was weird because you ran out of the wrong tunnel and i ran to the wrong sideline you’re not used to going that way i was used to always going the other way so that had to kick a little getting used to but um i’ve always said that you know hudson stadium is one of the most special places in the world um and the reception that i got there was was truly special i met a ton um i’ve had so many fond memories of that place and you know the one thing about oregon that i’ve always said um they do have an unbelievable facilities but to me the thing that always resonated was the people you know and in the fans um and the people that i had an opportunity to meet my six years there were um holds a special place in my heart so it was uh it was it was a surreal moment um just because of you’re going to compete against the place that you worked so hard you know when you were there so that was different um once the whistle blew it was different because it’s just competition um but before the game it was it was different you know and getting a chance to visit with some of the people that i knew from oregon that were down on the sideline pre-game just to say hello to to some of them was really special too and so um i root for them in every game except for the game i coach against them so um i’m hoping they get uh they have a great season this year and i got a lot of friends that are so associated with that school and hope everything goes well for them except for the one time they play house there’s no doubt in my mind that at oregon you were recruiting the best of the best now ucla you’re the recruiting is a little bit different you’re trying to get all these all-star players obviously trying to get the best of the best uh is there any difference from oregon compared to the ucla when it comes to recruiting yeah i think we have a um a system of how we evaluate both academically athletically and character wise of the students that we offer and recruit um and we go by that we’re not governed by somebody else’s opinion um that’s just not the you know the way to go about it if if that happens to be you know the kid happens to be somebody that um people at the recruiting services think very highly of and they have highly ranked and um and that’s great but if they don’t we don’t offer a kid um because of his ranking um you know those guys work really hard at it but i don’t know if all the recruiting rankings have all the information i.e the academics and the character background things that maybe schools have okay so i’ll be the first to say that you guys have a very very good offense and you have a lot of players coming back on defense you guys are going to have a very stacked defense this year probably one of the best in the pac-12 what does success look like for you guys this year on the field yeah i think we’ll ultimately be graded by the standard that we all hold ourselves to in terms of how we prepare daily um not get caught up you know when looking too far ahead and being anxious for the future and also not being frustrated by things that go on in the past so you know can we continue to just put you know good days um whether it be a monday you know over about two weeks before our first game um or or on the day of our first game you know it’s really about being consistent in your approach um the best part is that i had an opportunity to coach whether it’s at the college level or the professional level they were the same person every day you know and it’s it’s your ability to handle the successes um and the disappointments the same way you know because you’re not going to be 100 every single day you know that just doesn’t happen you know we’re not striving to be perfect you know we’re striving to be um the best version of ourselves and part of that is um when we don’t when we do face adversity or we do face a loss so to speak um whether it be on a particular play um how do we bounce back from that and how do we learn from that to make ourselves even better so really it’s how do we respond on a daily basis to you know what’s thrown at us um will ultimately be our what we measure ourselves on here every day all right so i’m just going to come out and ask you since i have you on the phone is this team good enough to win the pac-12 south or even the pac-12 championship you know this team has to be good enough to have a really really good monday um and not get caught up in it and it’s hard now that’s a lot easier said than done um because of a lot of talk and we do have a lot of players back from um can have a lot of depth and have a lot of returning experience but i think if you get caught up in that but you lose sight of what what what you need to do and that’s what you need to do is come to work every single day and and um we’ll continue to harp that with our players so it would be kind of disingenuous of me to answer questions like that and talk about predictions and things like that because that’s not something that really governs how we work it’s just what’s our standard and can we live up to it um on a daily basis and we have our team meeting um tonight you know at the end of every day and we talk about it um you know and our players actually grade themselves you know did they did they win the day or did they uh or are they using today as a learning experience so um we’ll continue to use that model because i think that’s the one um that really has proven over time that if you’re about to process and not the outcome um then the outcome will take care of itself have you always had that philosophy or is that just something you picked up in the nfl no um i have had that philosophy for a long time i probably didn’t articulate it as well as i was a younger coach but i think i’ve learned how to really try to explain it is that we are outcome aware i think everybody’s outcome aware but we are process driven um and i think when you focus on the process um that helps you um actually with the outcome you know and it sounds counterintuitive but it’s it’s really the key part of it you know i think sometimes people get too high um and then at times get too low you know and i think it’s it’s really about being consistent and steady um because it isn’t a game of perfect you know it’s a game of resiliency and and if you’re going to develop resiliency you got to understand that it’s about focusing on the process will help you develop that resiliency all right so i think it’s obvious that your biggest rivalry in the pac-12 is usc now you guys have a player on your roster i was checking the roster the other day i seen this and i actually thought it was quite funny and i had to put it on the questions uh so his last name is trojan what are the guys in the locker room think about that that’s a good question you know what i’ve never really thought about it or we’ve actually never really talked about it i i would have to ask him um you know what it’s like in a locker room but i i think uh um i think most people call him by his first name that is last name all right all right i just figured i’d ask that i thought that was very interesting so obviously i’ve checked out your background i know a little bit about your background you’re from new hampshire you came from new hampshire before you went to oregon i’m actually a new hampshire guy myself i’m from boston massachusetts born in lawrence moved out to new hampshire at a young age north conway and uh i’m curious about this new hampshire mafia can you tell us a little bit about the new hampshire mafia because i’m really curious to know about that i read up on that one um i don’t know if mafia is a word but there are a few of us um in football now that we’re all from the same hometown so uh ryan day who’s at ohio state uh danny mueller is at florida we all grew up in manchester new hampshire and our paths have crossed along the way at times i actually coached ryan in college and then his first job was with us at new hampshire and then he went on to ga in florida and full-time coach at temple in boston college before we reunited in the nfl um i had known danny i actually was coaching division two ball when danny was playing college division three football and got a chance to coach against him and then when he first started getting into coaching um you know told them about hey this there’s a job open here maybe you should apply there and he started off at columbia university where i started out so we kind of intertwined um together at different times but i i just think it’s a you know it’s a great place to grow up um you know it’s it’s it’s uh sports 24 7 you know in the fall and in the winter and in the spring um you go from one sport to the other sport we had great youth coaches and um great high school coaches and just a great place to to raise a young man and we’re just all byproducts of you know the coaches that had an opportunity to affect our lives when we were younger kids coach chip kelly appreciate you coming on the podcast and i hope to talk to you very soon good luck this season good luck this weekend against hawaii appreciate you coming on
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Interview with head coach of UCLA BRUINS Chip Kelly

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