After struggling to make an impact on the NFL circuit the past few years, Chip Kelly is hoping time spent with the worldwide leader in sports can help him regain his magical touch. The former college football coach of the year and leader of the Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers has signed a multiyear contract to join ESPN as a football analyst.
The plan is for Kelly to work college football pre-games, halftimes and studio wraps each Saturday on ESPN2. He’ll 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.”
“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.”