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UCLA Football: Are You Ready for Some “Kelly Ball”? Spring Practice Begins Today

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The eyes of Bruin fans will be on Spaulding Field this morning as Chip Kelly holds his first practice since taking over the program in November.

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Chip Kelly hosts his first practice as UCLA head football coach this morning.
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Are you ready for some “Kelly Ball”?

Yup, that’s right!

The day you’ve been waiting for since November 28th has finally arrived!

Sure, there was the Early Signing Period in December and National Signing Day in February, but that was just recruiting stuff. The real stuff begins at 7:15 am this morning when the UCLA Bruins take the field for the very first time under the guidance of new head football coach Chip Kelly.

Woo-hoo! We have football.

Sure, it’s just practice. And, today, the players will likely be in helmets and shorts. So, there won’t be much contact.

But, really? Does it matter?

Today is really the first day of the Chip Kelly era. Today is the first day of players on the field. Today is the beginning of the end of UCLA’s Rose Bowl drought. Today is the beginning of the future and the future is now!

Practice Time Weather Forecast

For those of you who have decided to wake up early and head to Westwood so you can say you were there when it all began, here is your practice time weather forecast:

Practice will start off partly cloudy with the temperature in the low 50s. Midway through practice, the temperature will rise to the mid-to-upper 50s and it will be mostly sunny. When practice ends about 9 am, it will be sunny with the temperature in the mid 60s.

All things considered, that’s not a bad start.

If you do make it out to Lot 8, be sure to say hello as I will be out there, camera in hand shooting photos for everyone who can’t be there to see.

This is your UCLA Football 2018 Spring Practice, Day 1 open thread.

Go Bruins!!!