Eric Bieniemy returns to college to take over UCLA's offense

Eric Bieniemy has reportedly been named associate head coach of the UCLA Bruins.

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The guessing games are now over for those wondering where Eric Bieniemy will spend next season. The former Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator found himself on the outside looking in at yet another round of head coaching hires, and this spring, he's decided to head back to the college ranks to build his resume.

NFL reporter Jordan Schultz has word that Bieniemy has taken a job with the UCLA Bruins football program as their associate head coach and offensive coordinator. Schultz notes that he will have "full autonomy" over his side of the ball.

Eric Bieniemy has reportedly been named associate head coach of the UCLA Bruins.

Bieniemy spent last season as the offensive coordinator of the Washington Commanders under then-head coach Ron Rivera. After 10 years on the Chiefs' staff under Andy Reid, including five as offensive coordinator there, Bieniemy made a lateral move to open up his network and escape the shadow of Reid and Patrick Mahomes. Fair or not, Bieniemy was clearly being passed over for jobs for which he was qualified.

After one year in the nation's capital, however, Washington's new ownership decided to clean house and Rivera was let go. Suddenly Bieniemy found himself wondering yet again where he would land after just a single season away from Kansas City.

It should be noted that Bieniemy is no stranger to coaching at the college level or even UCLA for that matter. He was the team's running backs coach from 2003 to 2005.