Four takeaways from UCLA’s win over Utah

Chip Kelly often looks like he’d rather face a firing squad than reporters.

The UCLA coach analyzes questions and looks for flaws in their logic. Injury inquiries lead nowhere. Facts are often dismissed as “true but useless”. Have a hypothetical question for Kelly? Don’t worry. He’s just trying to make a great day of the week here.

All of this made the scene all the more surreal after UCLA’s 42-32 win over then-No. 11 Utah on Saturday afternoon at the Rose Bowl.

Kelly literally asked for more questions and twice dismissed an attempt by a sports department spokesman to end the session so he could spend more time with the media. The 15-minute interview was the longest since his introductory press conference in November 2017.

Affectionate, engaging and even a bit humorous, Kelly apologized to a columnist for not watching his performances on television. Yes, the manager, who began his career 7-18 with the Bruins, enjoys his team’s success as much as his players. The UCLA No. 11 (6-0 overall, 3-0 Pac-12) has won nine straight games since last season, giving Kelly a 24-25 record at the school.

When asked how this newfound success felt, Kelly referred to the Buddhist term “mudita” and said he draws joy from others.

“When our players succeed,” Kelly said, “I see the smiles on their faces, I look at that celebration in the dressing room, those are the things that really get us going as people and the reasons why we wake up in the morning get up and go to work.”

Here are four takeaways from the most impressive win of the Kelly era: Four takeaways from UCLA’s win over Utah

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