This morning, FootballScoop.com and Bruce Feldman are both reporting that UCLA tight ends coach Angus McClure will join the Nevada coaching staff as offensive line coach. Feldman tweeted:
Meanwhile, yesterday, Football Scoop reported that UCLA offensive line coach Hank Fraley has interviewed for a position on the staff of new Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia.
It will be very interesting to see how this all plays out.
Losing McClure would be a big loss to UCLA. To say that McClure has been an integral part of UCLA football recruiting would be an understatement. Not only has McClure done a very good job recruiting players to Westwood, he is also known for finding ways to get guys on board. It was McClure who figured out a way to get two of Takkarist McKinley’s high school classes re-classified by the NCAA so that he would be eligible to play for the Bruins. Of course, Takk went on to become a first-round draft pick of the Falcons last year.
McClure has been an offensive line coach before. He was the offensive line coach for Sacramento State from 1997 to 2003. In 2004 and 2005, he coached tackles at Nebraska. He also served as the offensive line coach at Buffalo in 2006 before coming to UCLA.
Interestingly, he has also coached at Nevada before. In 1996, he was a Wolfpack assistant, where, rather ironically, he coached tight ends.
How these developments will work out are anything but clear at this point. But, unfortunately, the idea that Chip Kelly has completed his first coaching staff may become incorrect very soon.
In the event that one or both coaches leave, I don’t expect Chip Kelly to wait very long to fill either opening as he will certainly want to get replacement coaches in place in time for Spring Practice.