A month after it was initially completed, Chip Kelly’s first UCLA coaching staff suddenly has two openings to fill.
Offensive line coach Hank Fraley has departed to become the assistant offensive line coach with the Detroit Lions, the NFL team announced Friday, and tight ends coach Angus McClure has reportedly accepted a job as assistant head coach and offensive line coach at Nevada.
Whereas Fraley spent only one season at UCLA, McClure was the team’s longest-tenured assistant, having been hired by then-coach Karl Dorrell in 2007 and staying on under successors Rick Neuheisel and Jim Mora. McClure had been made the tight ends coach after Kelly’s arrival but had previously served in a variety of coaching roles, working with the offensive and defensive lines in addition to tight ends and special teams.
McClure was also UCLA’s recruiting coordinator under Mora and had been widely hailed for his knowledge of the inner workings of the school’s admissions and academics departments.
The Bruins are scheduled to open spring practice in early March, roughly a month earlier than they did under Mora.