General manager Bob Myers helped turn the Warriors around, and now he's going to try to help turn the UCLA men's basketball program around.
Don't worry Warriors fans. Myers isn't leaving the NBA champs. But Myers will have a big role in finding the next head coach for the UCLA Bruins.
On Monday, UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero announced that Steve Alford had been fired as head coach. In the press release regarding the Alford news, Guerrero announce that Myers would work with Senior Associate Athletic Director Josh Rebholz and Associate Athletic Director Chris Carlson to find Alford's replacement.
Myers attended UCLA from 1993 through 1997 and was part of the Bruins' last National Championship in 1995. In 76 games over his four seasons, Myers averaged 1.4 points and 1.3 rebounds.
In his seventh season as GM of the Warriors, Myers has been instrumental in building the NBA's newest dynasty. He was named NBA Executive of the Year for the 2014-15 and 2016-17 seasons.
If Myers' success recruiting for the Warriors rubs off on UCLA during this coaching search, the Bruins will be in good shape moving forward.
Chip Kelly's tenure as UCLA head coach has started much like his one year with the 49ers went: lots of losses.
Kelly and UCLA are 0-3 and things are already getting heated.
Michael Robinson, the father of UCLA's starting QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson, lit into Kelly on Saturday following the Bruins' 38-14 loss to Fresno State.
In three games, UCLA has scored just 52 points while allowing 113 points. Under the tutelage of Kelly, Thompson-Robinson has completed 41 of 75 passes for 522 yards and two touchdowns. He's also thrown two interceptions.
The 49ers hired Kelly prior to the 2016 season and gave him a four-year, $26 million contract. But after the 49ers went 2-14, Kelly was fired as the head coach. He spent the 2017 season as a TV analyst before taking the UCLA job earlier this year.
Chip Kelly’s deal to become UCLA’s head coach will save the 49ers approximately $7.5 million, according to a source familiar with his contract situation.
“Chip did the 49ers a solid,” the source told NBC Sports Bay Area.
The 49ers fired Kelly at the conclusion of the 2016 season after he served just one year of his four-year, $24 million contract. The 49ers’ future financial commitment to Kelly is offset by the contract he signed with UCLA.
UCLA on Saturday announced the agreement of a five-year, $23.3 million contract with Kelly. The school also announced a $9 million “reciprocal buyout,” which has no impact on the 49ers’ payments to Kelly. The reciprical buyout refers to the compensation required if UCLA fires Kelly or he leaves the school early for another job.
The source said Kelly and UCLA agreed to a contract structure in which Kelly receives standard percentage raises in his contract that is consistent with typical coaches contracts.
The 49ers’ four-year contract with Kelly averaged $6 million a year but was structured to provide 20-percent salary increased each year. Kelly’s deal with UCLA is similar with consistent raises scheduled for each season. Kelly and UCLA could have put together a contract with comparatively low base salaries in its first two years to force the 49ers to pay more, the source said.
The source did not provide the exact numbers of Kelly's contracts, but based on the typical pay raises, Kelly was scheduled to earn approximately $6.5 million in salary in 2018 – the amount guaranteed in his 49ers contract – with about $3.125 million coming from UCLA.
In 2019, UCLA will pay Kelly approximately $3.75 million while the 49ers make up the estimated remainder of his scheduled $7.7 salary from the deal he signed with San Francisco in January of 2016.
The 49ers would have owed Kelly approximately $14 million in salaries in 2018 and ’19, but UCLA will pay nearly half that amount, saving the 49ers close to $7.5 million.