Chip Kelly shook the Big Ten and college football world on Friday afternoon when he stepped down from his job as the head coach of UCLA and took the job as offensive coordinator at Ohio State. No, he wasn't fired.
It doesn't appear that he was even pushed out the door. He simply didn't want to be the head coach of the Bruins anymore. After spending the last month or two desperately trying to find a job in the NFL, he took Plan Z.
When Bill O'Brien was hired away from Ohio State to be the head coach at Boston College, the Buckeyes moved quickly. Or Chip Kelly moved quickly. It's not entirely clear who contacted whom.
Within an hour of O'Brien going to B.C., Kelly told UCLA players and staff that he was headed to Columbus. Unsurprisingly, his decision to take a demotion raised eyebrows. It was a nearly unheard-of move.
A Power 5 head coach was voluntarily stepping down for a demotion. When it looked like Kelly might be going to the NFL for a coordinator role, it made some sense. He looked like he just wanted to get back to the pros. But stepping down for a demotion?
On Friday night, social media showed that Chip Kelly did not have a lot of support for the job he did with the Bruins. Or the idea that he gave up and left for a lower-tier position. Even if it was for Ohio State.
Chip Kelly lambasted after demotion to get away from UCLA train wreck
One thing was clear when Chip Kelly cleaned out his UCLA office on Friday evening. Most Bruin fans were happy to see him go. Perhaps more importantly, most members of the media who cover the school were not remotely sorry to see him go.