Former Oregon Ducks head football coach Chip Kelly is returning to college football, well at least as an analyst.
ESPN announced Friday that the former San Francisco 49ers and Philadelphia Eagles head coach would be joining the network as a college football analyst on ESPN2.
“Over the last 30 years, I have experienced football from one perspective — as a coach,” Kelly said in a statement. “Working in television will allow me to see the game from a different angle; simultaneously, I’ll provide viewers an insight to the mindset of a coach and team while offering alternative views of various situations.
“Once I decided to make the move to TV, my familiarity with ESPN, combined with their high-quality production and vital role in college football, it was easily the best network suited for me.”
While the former Oregon head coach’s primary role will be on Saturday’s as a college football analyst, ESPN also noted that Kelly will provide NFL analysis on Sundays as well.
“Chip is one of the most innovative football minds of our generation,” ESPN’s senior coordinating producer Lee Fitting said in a statement. “As a coach, he saw the game from a unique perspective, never afraid to take an unconventional approach. We want him to bring that mentality to our college football coverage each week, offering fans a varying viewpoint outside of the conventional thought process.”
During his four seasons as the Ducks head coach, Kelly amassed a 46-7 overall record and led the program to a BCS Championship berth in his second season at the helm. He then transitioned to the NFL and found early success in Philadelphia with back-to-back 10-6 seasons. During his third season in Philadelphia, Kelly was fired ahead of the team’s regular season finale after leading the franchise to a 6-9 overall record.
Kelly, 53, was then hired by the San Francisco 49ers in 2016 but was let go after leading the franchise to a disappointing 2-14 record.
The former NFL and college head coach was known for being an offensive guru during his time Eugene and Philadelphia, but many questioned whether his up-tempo offense would translate to the NFL.
While Kelly’s NFL head coaching career didn’t go the way he had hoped, Eagles beat reporter Zach Berman thinks he can have a bright future at ESPN.
Chip can be great on TV. Quick on his feet, can explain the game well, has good sense of humor. Won’t tolerate the week’s narrative, though.
— Zach Berman (@ZBerm) May 26, 2017