Chip Kelly is going to be sticking with the Ohio State football program for a while

Chip Kelly left a head coaching position at UCLA to join the Ohio State football program as an offensive coordinator. It won't be just a one-year thing. He's in it for the long haul.

Mar 5, 2024; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes offensive coordinator Chip Kelly works with
Mar 5, 2024; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes offensive coordinator Chip Kelly works with / Adam Cairns/Columbus Dispatch / USA

It's not often that the head coach of a program leaves to be a coordinator somewhere else. It's happened often this year though. Chip Kelly decided to do that and leave UCLA and the Ohio State football program is the beneficiary of that decision.

Buckeye fans were wondering if this was just going to be a one-year type of thing. Perhaps another head coaching job would open that he'd prefer to take. It doesn't seem like that's in Kelly's plans. Kelly is in it for the long haul with the Buckeyes. He wants to be in Columbus.

His comments on Tuesday after practice showed fans that he's just tired of being a head coach and dealing with non-football things. The transfer portal, NIL, and dealing with parents are not something he wants to do at this stage in his life. Kelly stated he wants to be happy.

What makes Kelly happy is coaching football. Just strictly working on football stuff. That's what he gets to do at Ohio State. He can run the offense and make this team a national title contender. Kelly wants to impact young people and not deal with all of the extra stuff.

As long as Ryan Day is leading the Ohio State football program, Kelly will be here. That's my opinion. He has a great relationship with Day and they go back 20 years with each other. That dynamic should be great for the Buckeyes not just this season, but for years down the road.

The offense should instantly be better this season with the addition of him and Will Howard as the quarterback. The things Kelly can draw up should unlock the running game. While it was pretty good last year, it could be elite in 2024.


Kelly doesn't want to deal with the messy stuff of college football. He now has found his happy place in Columbus, Ohio.