Ohio State names UCLA’s Chip Kelly new OC
Pete Thamel, ESPNFeb 9, 2024, 02:18 PM ET
UCLA coach Chip Kelly was called the brand-new offending planner and quarterbacks coach at Ohio State, the school revealed Friday night.Kelly replaces Expense O’Brien, who was called coach at Boston College earlier Friday. Ohio State had hired O’Brien in mid-January as part of coach Ryan Day’s move to no longer call plays and to run the program more holistically.Kelly and the Buckeyes agreed to a three-year offer.
Terms were not disclosed, but Kelly is anticipated to take a pay cut of more than$4 million dollars with the move, as he made almost $6 million at UCLA, sources told ESPN.Additionally, Ohio State will need to pay a $1.5 million buyout for Kelly, sources said.Editor’s Picks 2 Associated”We are very thrilled to have Chip and his wife, Jill, joining our program,”Day said.” His experience as a head coach at Oregon, UCLA and in the NFL will bring instant value to our whole team. I am actually eagerly anticipating reconnecting with Chip, introducing him to our personnel and team and chasing after a champion together. “I would likewise like to want coach Costs O’Brien and his family well as he takes control of at Boston College.”Earlier Friday, UCLA announced
that Kelly was leaving the program and a nationwide look for a new head coach had begun.The thinking behind
Kelly’s UCLA departure boils down to an affinity to coach again, spurred in part by coaching UCLA’s quarterbacks in the lead-up to
the Bruins’bowl game this year. It’s the very first time in more than a years Kelly coached a position. Kelly entrusts to no ill-will towards UCLA and a deep gratitude for his players and staff from there.Kelly went 35-34 throughout 6 seasons at UCLA, concluding his period with three successive winning campaigns. He becomes the 4th college head coach in this cycle to leave a head-coaching job for an assistant spot, joining Jeff Hafley(Packers), Mo Linguist (Alabama)and Kane Wommack(Alabama). UCLA athletic director Martin Jarmond said he informed the group the strategy was to have a brand-new coach in place within 4 days. “Timing is an obstacle, “Jarmond stated.”We’re looking for a leader, completely for our program. I informed the group to give us 96 hours. Could be earlier, could be later. However we’re going to move quickly. That’s the top priority.
“Kelly has interviewed for numerous NFL planner tasks in the cycle, consisting of most just recently the Seahawks ‘OC position. He instead turns to college, where he’ll reunite with Day, his long time friend and previous assistant coach. Kelly has a decades-long relationship with Day, as both are from New Hampshire. Kelly coached Day in college at New Hampshire, and Day worked for Kelly in the NFL with the Eagles and 49ers. Kelly has long been regarded as a gifted playcaller, having actually acted as a long time offending planner and innovator at New Hampshire and Oregon. As Kelly proceeded to become the head coach at Oregon and then in the NFL, he stayed the playcaller
, and along the method his offenses moved from breakneck pace to a more intentional NFL style.He will call the offense for a strong roster that includes transfer quarterback Will Howard, tailbacks TreVeyon Henderson and Quinshon Judkins, and receiver Emeka Egbuka.Ohio State begins spring practice on March 5. Info from the Associated Press was used in this report.