Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Chip Kelly hired as Buckeyes offensive coordinator

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Ohio State Buckeyes acted quickly to find their new offensive coordinator. This one had to be talked about behind the scenes for some time.

The school lost former offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien on Friday. O’Brien was hired as the Buckeyes’ offensive coordinator back in January.

Former UCLA Bruins head coach Chip Kelly reacts to a play in the third quarter against the Boise State Broncos during the Starco Brands LA Bowl Hosted by Gronk
Chip Kelly reacts to a play in the third quarter against the Boise State Broncos during the Starco Brands LA Bowl Hosted by Gronk (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)

Several weeks later, O’Brien accepted a job back in the Boston area. He has accepted the Boston College Eagles head coaching position.

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O’Brien replaces Jeff Hafley, who became the Green Bay Packers defensive coordinator. Hafley departed the college ranks due to concerns about NIL (Name, Image, and Likeness) and the transfer portal.

With O’Brien gone, the Buckeyes have hired former UCLA Bruins head coach Chip Kelly as offensive coordinator. He is reunited with Ryan Day.

When Day was the New Hampshire Wildcats Quarterback, Kelly was their offensive coordinator. Then when Kelly became the Philadelphia Eagles head coach, he hired Day in 2015. Then, the following year, when he was hired as the San Francisco 49ers head coach, he hired Day, too.

Ohio State has not confirmed the hire yet. He is expected to receive a three-year deal, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

Kelly has previous experience as a college football and NFL head coach. He will try to take the pressure off of Day, who will have a lot of heat on him going into next season.

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The Buckeyes lost The Game to the Michigan Wolverines for the third straight year. Then, they were defeated in their Cotton Bowl Classic game following a lackluster performance against the Missouri Tigers where they scored just three points.

Kelly has had a high-powered offensive attack with the Oregon Ducks. His offensive attack fizzled out in the NFL with the Eagles and the Ducks.

This past season, the Bruins had the 70th-best offense at the FBS level. The team averaged 26.5 points per game.

Under former offensive coordinator Brian Hartline, who is an alumnus of the school, the Buckeyes averaged 30.5 points per game. They were the 45th-best offensive attack in the country.

At the end of the season, Day said that he was going to hire a new offensive coordinator. And he had to do it twice this offseason in a matter of weeks.

Had O’Brien stayed with the program, he was expected to be the team’s playcaller. Day was going to serve as a CEO.

Now, Kelly is expected to be the playcaller.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso IIIhttps://thecapitalsportsreport.com
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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