UCLA coach Chip Kelly hired as Ohio State offensive coordinator after informing Bruins of departure

UCLA coach Chip Kelly is departing the program after six seasons, the school announced Friday. The veteran coach left his post with the Bruins to become the offensive coordinator at Ohio State. The Buckeyes hired Bill O’Brien in January to lead the offense, but O’Brien has reached a deal to become the next coach at Boston College, an unexpected vacancy itself after coach Jeff Hafley left to become the Green Bay Packers defensive coordinator.

“I want to sincerely thank Chip for his service to UCLA Football and our student-athletes across the past six seasons and wish the best to him and his wife Jill moving forward,” UCLA athletic director Martin Jarmond said in a statement. 

“We are extremely excited to have Chip and his wife, Jill, joining our program,” Ohio State coach Ryan Day said in a statement. “His experience as a head coach at Oregon, UCLA and in the NFL will bring immediate value to our entire team. I am really looking forward to reconnecting with Chip, introducing him to our staff and team and chasing a championship together.

Kelly, who has a reported buyout of $1.5 million, leaves Los Angeles with a 35-34 overall record just as the Bruins prepare to join Ohio State in the Big Ten in time for the 2024 season. UCLA peaked with nine wins under Kelly in 2022. He previously had a run as the coach at Oregon — also Big Ten bound this offseason — from 2009-12 that included a BCS National Championship appearance in 2010.

In heading to Ohio State, Kelly would reunite with Buckeyes coach Ryan Day, who played at New Hampshire during Kelly’s lengthy run there as an assistant. The two have also coached together on multiple occasions, most recently in 2016 during Kelly’s lone season guiding the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers. Day served as…


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Author : Dean Straka

Publish date : 2024-02-10 01:43:31

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