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The cycle of coaching changes has come to a halt, with hopes that it won’t stir up any more surprises. Today, Bruce Feldman sheds light on UCLA’s recent appointment of a new head coach. Let’s delve into the details…

UCLA’s Swift Transition

Just 72 hours following Chip Kelly’s departure to join Ohio State as their offensive coordinator, UCLA swiftly named DeShaun Foster as his successor. But how did we reach this point? Let’s take a look at the timeline of events in recent weeks that led to several college football coaching vacancies:

  • Jan. 19: Bill O’Brien, previously the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the New England Patriots, is hired by Ohio State.
  • Jan. 31: Boston College’s head coach Jeff Hafley departs to become the Green Bay Packers’ defensive coordinator.
  • Feb. 9: Bill O’Brien, who had only been with Ohio State for three weeks, is selected as Jeff Hafley’s replacement.
  • Feb. 9: Ryan Day recruits Chip Kelly, a former assistant coach, to lead Ohio State’s offense.
  • Feb. 12: UCLA appoints DeShaun Foster, a UCLA alum and former player and assistant coach, as the head coach after his brief stint as the Las Vegas Raiders’ running backs coach.

With Foster’s hiring, it appears that the revolving door of college football coaching positions has finally come to a stop after an unexpectedly prolonged period.

Insights from Feldman

How did the process unfold that brought Foster to UCLA?

UCLA’s Athletic Director Martin Jarmond was specifically seeking a candidate with prior head coaching experience. Initially, Minnesota’s P.J. Fleck was a target, with Jarmond even traveling to Cabo to meet him. However, Foster emerged as a strong contender despite Jarmond’s preference for a seasoned head coach.

What set Foster apart from the other potential candidates?

Prior to leaving for the Raiders, Foster had a discussion with Jarmond over dinner where the possibility of a vacancy at UCLA arose. Although Jarmond expressed a preference for a more experienced head coach, Foster’s ties to the program played a significant role in his consideration for the position. He interviewed for the role as soon as it became available, showcasing his strong connection within the program.

For more details on UCLA’s coaching transition, click here.

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