Eric Bieniemy reacts to his return to college football


The UCLA Bruins will look to make massive changes on the court this upcoming season. They certainly did their best to add some impressive supporting talent this offseason. While they lost several key players who were eligible for the transfer portal, they made some significant changes on the coaching front. Arguably their biggest and most high-profile signing was a new coach under DeShaun Foster, Eric Bieniemy. Bieniemy will be the Bruins' new assistant head coach and offensive coordinator.

This signing from the Bruins is significant for the program and its trajectory. However, this may seem like a downgrade for Bieniemy to some, as he spent the last few years with the Kansas City Chiefs, Andy Reid and Patrick Mahomes, winning two Super Bowls there. Last season he worked with the Washington Commanders.

Nevertheless, Bieniemy doesn't see it that way. He is happy to be back where his first years as a coach began. The 54-year-old spoke to the media after a team practice on Thursday and explained why he decided to return to college football.

β€œIt was a very special situation,” revealed Bieniemy. β€œI was still weighing a number of decisions, and as DeShaun [Foster] I signed up, I thought it was pretty neat. First, it's UCLA; Secondly, I remember watching DeShaun play. Not just as a player here, but also out there in Tustin after high school. We had always had a relationship and I thought it was unique that he called me and was hired. I congratulated him and when he was hired I told him to just be patient. I have to wait and see a few things, but we don't have the opportunity to work together and help each other like that, so I thought it was great that he wanted me to help him. I just wanted to take advantage of the opportunity and help Deshaun shape this program to fit his vision.”

Bieniemy has a ton of experience in the college game. His first chance at college came in 2001 as running backs coach at Colorado. After the 2002 season, he went to Westwood as running backs coach and recruiting coordinator from 2003 to 2005. He returned to college in 2011 and became the Buffaloes' offensive coordinator until 2012.

The Louisiana native has been a part of some historic teams and fantastic talent. He can set up the UCLA offense to the best of his ability. You just need the right personnel to reach these heights.