Big Ten program is paying UCLA 500k not to play them Josh Lefkowitz/Getty Images
WESTWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 27: Chip Kelly speaks to the media during a press conference after being introduced as UCLA's new Football Head Coach on November 27, 2017 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Josh Lefkowitz/Getty Images)

Chip Kelly is expected to make quite an impact at UCLA — back in the Pac-12 where he once dominated with Oregon — and that apparently is too much for one Big Ten program, Rutgers, to handle.

Rutgers was expected to play UCLA in a two game home-and-home series scheduled for 2020 and 2021, but college football reporter Bruce Feldman is reporting that the Scarlet Knights have officially backed out the series.

Not only have they backed out, though, but they’re being punished for doing so. Per Feldman, Rutgers now owes UCLA a termination fee of $500,000:

The reason for Rutgers canceling the series is unknown, but perhaps it has to do with the fact that the Scarlet Knights were just recently swept by another Pac-12 power, Washington, in a home-and-home that saw Rutgers lose 48-13 at Washington in 2016, and 30-14 at home in 2017.

Rutgers has gone 6-18 in the past two seasons under head coach Chris Ash.

Andrew has been a sports writer since 2010, featured on Bleacher Report, 247Sports, Fansided and elsewhere. His work has also been seen on MSN, Forbes and in the LA Times. Andrew coached high school football for five years and writes about football, and just about anything, for Fanbuzz.
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