UCLA has hired Deshaun Foster, the running backs coach, as their next head coach, following Chip Kelly's departure for the offensive coordinator position at Ohio State. Foster, a former second-round NFL pick from UCLA, has been coaching at the university since 2014. Despite his lack of head coaching experience, he is now tasked with leading the program into the new era of the Big Ten.

By the Numbers
  • Deshaun Foster was a second-round pick out of UCLA in the 2002 NFL Draft.
  • He played in the NFL for seven years, six with the Carolina Panthers and one with the San Francisco 49ers.
State of Play
  • Chip Kelly left UCLA for the offensive coordinator position at Ohio State.
  • Kelly's move led to Deshaun Foster being appointed as the head coach for UCLA.
What's Next

It remains to be seen how Deshaun Foster, with no prior head coaching experience, will fare in guiding UCLA's football program in the Big Ten.

Bottom Line

UCLA's surprising appointment of Deshaun Foster, a coach with no previous head coaching experience, shows their willingness to take a new direction amidst the coaching carousel tumult.