Ohio State football hits home-run with Chip Kelly hire

Chip Kelly is leaving his post as head coach of UCLA to be the next offensive coordinator of the Ohio State football program.

Nov 25, 2023; Pasadena, California, USA; UCLA Bruins head coach Chip Kelly watches from the
Nov 25, 2023; Pasadena, California, USA; UCLA Bruins head coach Chip Kelly watches from the / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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Well, that was quick! Earlier today, we told you that Bill O'Brien is leaving before ever coaching for the Ohio State football program. We knew that could happen and gave some names of who could replace him. The first name on that list we gave you was Chip Kelly,

Kelly has decided to leave his post as the head coach of UCLA and become Ohio State's next offensive coordinator. Kelly leaves a rival Big Ten school to work for Ryan Day, who used to work under him. Now the roles are reversed and Day is the boss of Kelly.

This is a home-run hire for multiple reasons. First, Kelly is an excellent play-caller and is a great offensive mind. He has been for quite some time. Most of the offense that Day runs is from stuff that he learned from Kelly, so this should be a seamless transition.

Secondly, this gets rid of a rival head coach and sends another Big Ten foe scrambling for a new head coach. It kills two birds with one stone, improving your program while making another one worse. That's a pretty good move after having to scramble like this.

This is the most important hire that Day has ever made. The players on offense get a coach who has instant credibility from his experience in the NFL and the college game. I like this hire much more than I liked the initial O'Brien hire. This could unlock the Ohio State football team and make them even more of a monster.

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Ohio State still has another full-time coaching slot to fill, so they still have some work to do. Still, this is a great hire for the Buckeyes. Justin Frye also worked under Kelly at UCLA, so maybe Kelly can get him to coach better than he has so far with the Buckeyes.