Former NFL and University of Oregon head coach Chip Kelly has been hired by ESPN as a football studio analyst for the upcoming season.
ESPN has signed Kelly to a multiyear deal. The former Associated Press College Football Coach of the Year will have a significant presence on ESPN programming during the football season, predominantly working college football pre-games, halftimes and studio wraps each Saturday on ESPN2. Kelly, a coach with nearly 30 years of experience at multiple levels of football, will also appear on SportsCenter on Fridays and Sundays offering insight to college and NFL games.
“Chip is one of the most innovative football minds of our generation,” said Lee Fitting, ESPN senior coordinating producer. “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.”
Kelly was head coach of the San Francisco 49ers last year and went a dismal 2-14. He was fired after just one season.
“Over the last 30 years, I have experienced football from one perspective – as a coach,” said Chip Kelly. “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.”
Continued Kelly, “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.”
Kelly was the head coach of University of Oregon from 2009 to 2012, compiling a career record of 46-7 including victories in the Rose Bowl Game and the Fiesta Bowl and earning a trip to the national championship game. During that time, the New Hampshire native compiled a conference record of 33-3, including winning the Pac-10 in 2009 and 2010, and the inaugural Pac-12 Championship in 2012. In 2010, he won four different coach of the year awards, including the aforementioned AP College Football Coach of the Year. In 2009, he won the Pac-10 coach of the year, his first of two such honors. Overall, Kelly has coached 24 years at the collegiate level, including two years as an offensive coordinator at Oregon before he became the head coach. Kelly has coached the last four seasons in the NFL, including going 10-6 with the Philadelphia Eagles and winning the NFC East in his first year at the helm.