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Cincinnati Passed on Chip Kelly, Hired Scott Satterfield: Report

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The college football coaching carousel took another wild turn on Friday when Chip Kelly left as the UCLA head coach and took over as the offensive coordinator at Ohio State.

But NFL Insider Mike Lombardi may have shared the most interesting tidbit of the day when he went on The Pat McAfee Show and said that Chip Kelly interviewed for the Cincinnati Bearcats job last offseason, but UC passed and went with Scott Satterfield instead.


Lombardi said, “Chip’s been trying to get out of UCLA. He interviewed for the Cincinnati job last year, I don’t know if many people know that, but he did, and he didn’t get that job. They hired Satterfield.”

McAfee immediately responded, saying, “Chip Kelly wanted to coach for Cincinnati and they did not hire him.”

Lombardi says, “That’s fact. That’s not debatable.”

Here’s the video.


Satterfield was hired from Louisville and went 3-9 in his first season in the Big 12, including a 1-8 conference record. During Satterfield’s four seasons at Louisville, he went 15-18 in the ACC, and 25-24 overall.

Kelly now leaves Los Angeles with a 35-34 overall record just as the Bruins prepare to join Ohio State in the Big Ten in time for the 2024 season. UCLA peaked with nine wins under Kelly in 2022. He previously had a run as the coach at Oregon from 2009-12 that included a BCS National Championship appearance in 2010.

But this is one of those reports that will make Cincinnati fans wonder if their University made the right choice in 2023.

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