Chip Kelly now a col­lege foot­ball stu­dio an­a­lyst

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS -

For­mer Ore­gon coach Chip Kelly is join­ing ESPN as a stu­dio an­a­lyst next sea­son.

ESPN an­nounced Fri­day it has signed Kelly to a mul­ti­year deal.

Kelly will pri­mar­ily be part of Satur­day pregame, half­time and wrap-up shows on ESPN2. He’ll also pro­vide NFL anal­y­sis on Sun­days dur­ing Sport­sCen­ter.

The 53-year-old Kelly spent the last four sea­sons in the NFL, coach­ing the Philadel­phia for three years and San Fran­cisco for one. Kelly was fired by the 49ers af­ter go­ing 2-14 last sea­son. He was 26-21 with a play­off ap­pear­ance for the Ea­gles.

Be­fore jump­ing to the NFL, Kelly spent four sea­sons as Ore­gon head coach and went 46-7. In 2010, Kelly led the Ducks to the BCS ti­tle game and was The As­so­ci­ated Press coach of the year.

“I spoke with a lot of peo­ple this off-sea­son about dif­fer­ent sit­u­a­tions for me — in coach­ing and TV,” Kelly said in a state­ment. “I had var­i­ous op­por­tu­ni­ties in both. In the end, I have had a re­la­tion­ship with ESPN for many years from when I was coach­ing and af­ter speak­ing with them, I de­cided it was the best step for me to take.”

Kelly fig­ures to be in de­mand at the col­lege level when head coach­ing jobs be­gin open­ing next sea­son. Spend­ing a sea­son or two do­ing tele­vi­sion has been a com­mon path for coaches be­tween jobs. Ur­ban Meyer spent a sea­son at ESPN be­tween re­sign­ing from Florida and land­ing at Ohio State. So did Rich Rodriguez af­ter be­ing fired by Michi­gan and be­fore be­ing hired by Ari­zona.

“I have been a coach for nearly the last 30 years,” Kelly said. “Work­ing in tele­vi­sion will al­low me to see the game from a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive, but I didn’t take the job with the in­ten­tion it will lead to some­thing spe­cific. I love the game of foot­ball and work­ing with good, smart peo­ple; ESPN presents an op­por­tu­nity to com­bine those two things.”

Kelly was con­sid­ered one of the most in­no­va­tive coaches in col­lege foot­ball.

His up-tempo spread of­fences dom­i­nated de­fences and were mim­icked by teams all over the coun­try.

“As a coach, he saw the game from a unique per­spec­tive, never afraid to take an un­con­ven­tional ap­proach,” said Lee Fit­ting, ESPN se­nior co-or­di­nat­ing pro­ducer. “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.”

TONY AVELAR, THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

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