The Ohio State Buckeyes are making a quick turnaround after losing offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien to Boston College, according to multiple reports, and are hiring former Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers head coach, former Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers head coach, to fill the position. Reportedly hired Chip Kelly.
The move is fraught with intrigue, as Kelly resigned from his position as head coach of the UCLA Bruins shortly before reports emerged that he was expected to move to Columbus. according to To Sports Illustrated.
What makes it even stranger is that Kelly will reportedly replace Bill O'Brien, who accepted the job just three weeks before stepping down as head coach of the Boston College program. according to To ESPN. (Related: Former Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer reportedly rejoins Cowboys in heartwarming full-circle moment)
Kelly coached current Ohio State head coach Ryan Day at the University of New Hampshire, and Day was Kelly's quarterback from 1998 to 2001. according to To The Athletic's Bruce Feldman.
BREAKING: UCLA's Chip Kelly is expected to become Ohio State's new OC, according to sources. Buckeyes head coach Ryan Day played for Kelly at UNH and then coached with him in three games. https://t.co/PDDOB76rDq
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) February 9, 2024
Kelly fits the stinking offensive mastermind mold for a serious NFL head coach. He had a stellar college career, compiling an 81-41 record in 10 seasons as coach of the Oregon Ducks and UCLA Bruins. around Sports reference.
However, his NFL career was largely a failure. His tenure as Eagles captain got off to a strong start with back-to-back 10-win seasons, but his tenure ended in misery as the Eagles fired him before the end of the season.
He went on to coach the San Francisco 49ers, but that season was a disaster, with the 9ers winning only two games. was fired Kelly at the end of the season.