Happy New Year! We interrupt our New Year’s Day Bowl-a-palooza coverage to bring you some news that many of you have been looking to hear since UCLA hired Chip Kelly.
According to a report from Bruin Report Online, UCLA Football assistant coach Angus McClure will return to UCLA for a 12th season.
McClure’s longevity at UCLA is rather remarkable. He will now be working for his fourth head coach.
It may be a little bit of back to the future for McClure, however, as he will apparently be coaching tight ends next season rather than the defensive line. Of course, McClure has coached tight ends before. They were his first position when he joined the UCLA staff back in 2007 and he started his collegiate coaching career as the tight ends coach for Nevada.
But, McClure has earned his reputation as one of the best recruiters in the nation. He capitalized on his Northern California roots to become an expert in recruiting the region and has earned the nickname “Uncle Angus” on the recruiting trail. He has also become known for helping guys become NCAA-eligible. He very famously got one of Takkarist McKinley’s high school classes re-classified, which made McKinley eligible to become a Bruin and eventually a first-round NFL Draft pick.
At this time, it isn’t known if McClure will retain his duties as Recruiting Coordinator, but, given that Chip Kelly has hired a new Director of Player Personnel, leaving McClure as Recruiting Coordinator would be a smart move.
Meanwhile, the other day I wrote about a report from Wahoos247 that Kelly had hired UVA strength coach Frank Wintrich. Today, one of the guys who worked under Wintrich at Virginia has confirmed that he is also coming to work for the Bruins.
The comments in an Instagram post from Vincent Croce indicates that this is true. In fact, from the sounds of it, it sounds like he is driving cross-country with Wintrich.
This news was first reported by Jamie Oakes of Wahoos247 in an update of the Wintrich news.
Croce played fullback at Virginia before he was hired to work with Wintrich in 2016. As a senior at UVA, Croce was a captain of the 2015 Cavaliers team.