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Chip Kelly is leaving UCLA to become offensive coordinator at Ohio State, per multiple reports.
Chip Kelly is to become the new offensive coordinator at Ohio State.@BruceFeldmanCFB had it first.
— John Canzano (@johncanzanobft) February 9, 2024
BREAKING: UCLA’s Chip Kelly is expected to become the new OC at Ohio State, per source. Buckeyes head coach Ryan Day played for Kelly at UNH and later coached with him at three stops. https://t.co/PDDOB76rDq
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) February 9, 2024
Kelly was actively pursuing multiple offensive coordinator roles in the NFL and college football per reports, despite being under contract at UCLA though relationship with athletic director Martin Jarmond was tenuous at best.
Kelly was head coach at UCLA for six seasons. They were bowl eligible three times in his tenure. His overall record with the Bruins was 35-34.
Now, Kelly takes over as offensive coordinator at a school that will be in the same conference as UCLA starting next season with the Bruins move to the Big Ten. Ohio State had a vacancy at their OC position due to Bill O’Brien departing to become the head coach at Boston College.
Kelly has a long relationship with Ohio State head coach Ryan Day going back to when Day was a quarterback at University of New Hampshire where Kelly was his offensive coordinator.
Ohio State doesn’t face UCLA in 2024, but will host them in Columbus in the 2025 regular season.
Don’t miss John Canzano’s reaction to the news of Chip Kelly leaving UCLA for Ohio State on the Bald Faced Truth, afternoons 3-6 p.m. exclusively in Portland on 750 The Game.