Chip Kelly has resigned after six seasons as UCLA’s soccer coach to work beneath a former pupil, becoming a member of Ryan Day’s Ohio State employees Friday as offensive coordinator for the Buckeyes.
Day performed quarterback in school for Kelly when he was New Hampshire’s offensive coordinator.
The transfer leaves the Bruins scrambling to fill a emptiness on the prime with spring practices a few month away from cranking up across the nation — and UCLA simply months away from leaving the Pac-12 for the Large Ten. Kelly received there a little bit bit sooner along with his transfer to Ohio State.
Day employed Invoice O’Brien as offensive coordinator final month, however the former head coach for the NFL’s Houston Texans is already on the transfer, heading to the Atlantic Coast Convention and his hometown as Boston Faculty’s head coach. O’Brien, who was again within the NFL this previous season because the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the New England Patriots, accepted a job on Jan. 19 for those self same positions at Ohio State after the Patriots fired Invoice Belichick.
In between his time main the Texans (2014-20) and dealing with the Patriots, O’Brien spent two seasons on Nick Saban’s employees at Alabama.
Now the 54-year-old O’Brien replaces Jeff Hafley in Chestnut Hill. The Eagles had been 22-26 in 4 seasons beneath Hafley, who was Ohio State’s defensive coordinator when he was employed at Boston Faculty because the Buckeyes had been participating within the Faculty Soccer Playoff for the 2019 season.
Hafley left Boston Faculty to be the defensive coordinator for the NFL’s Inexperienced Bay Packers — a transfer that set off a series of occasions that rippled from from Boston to Los Angeles, and from the NFL to the Large Ten.
“Timing is a problem,” UCLA athletic director Martin Jarmond stated of Kelly’s departure, including he informed the workforce the plan was to have a brand new coach in place inside 4 days.
Jarmond stated he was not caught off guard when Kelly referred to as him earlier Friday to tell him he was leaving. Kelly had interviewed for a number of NFL offensive coordinator jobs over the previous two weeks.
Kelly was beneath contract till 2027, and Jarmond stated UCLA will implement a $1.5 million buyout. Kelly signed a two-year contract extension in March and made $6.1 million this previous season. He would have been due $8.5 million as a part of the buyout of his contract had UCLA fired him.
The AD stated he met with the workforce to tell them of the change however wasn’t positive if Kelly met with or personally knowledgeable the gamers.
“That is one thing as an athletic director and program, you need to be prepared for in case you are in a center of a search,” Jarmond stated. “We had been prepared and we’re ready.”
Kelly went 35-34 with the Bruins, however this system was displaying indicators of stagnating at a important juncture with the transfer to the Large Ten forward. There was hypothesis late within the 2023 season UCLA may transfer on from Kelly, however the faculty stood pat after ending 8-5.
As a substitute, it was Kelly who began on the lookout for different choices, lastly making the unorthodox transfer of giving up a head teaching job at one energy convention program to develop into a coordinator at one other.
Kelly is likely one of the godfathers of the up-tempo, unfold offense that dominated school soccer within the early 2010s. He turned Oregon’s coach in 2009 and went 46-7 earlier than leaping to the NFL after 4 seasons with the Geese. He went 26-21 in rather less than three full seasons (2013-15) as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, then spent one season main the San Francisco 49ers, going 2-14.
Kelly took over at UCLA after Jim Mora Jr. was fired in 2017 and had a roster predominantly full of underclassmen his first two seasons.
It was a gradual construct. Kelly began with three straight dropping seasons at UCLA earlier than lastly turning issues round in 2021 and going 8-4. The Bruins went 25-13 over the previous three seasons, however they might by no means crack 9 wins and tended to fade late within the schedule.
They had been anticipated to contend for a spot within the Pac-12 championship recreation final yr, when did not need to face Oregon and Washington, two groups that wound up being among the many finest within the nation. UCLA put collectively among the best defensive seasons in class historical past because it led the nation in stopping the run, however defensive coordinator D’Anton Lynn was in Westwood for just one season earlier than leaping to the rival College of Southern California.
The offense, which had been the Bruins’ power in 2021 and 2022, struggled resulting from inconsistency at quarterback. Essentially the most promising passer on the roster, five-star recruit Dante Moore, ended up transferring after the season.
The switch portal will open once more for UCLA gamers for 30 days resulting from Kelly’s departure, however with the timing of the opening, each the college and the gamers might be confronted with restricted choices.
All this comes with UCLA making ready for its massive transfer to the Large Ten, which is including 4 faculties at the moment within the Pac-12. The Bruins, together with Oregon, USC and Washington, can count on to face an uptick in competitors subsequent season. UCLA is just not scheduled to play Ohio State in 2024.
“We’re on the lookout for a pacesetter, completely for our program,” Jarmond stated. “I informed the workforce to provide us 96 hours. Could possibly be earlier, might be later. However we’ll transfer quick. That is the precedence.”