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Three weeks after he was named Eagles head coach, Chip Kelly moved one step closer to completing his coach staff Thursday, hiring Alabama’s Jeff Stoutland as offensive line coach, according to a league source.
Stoutland, like many of Kelly’s assistants, has New England ties, having played college football at Southern Connecticut State in New Haven under then head coach Kevin Gilbride, now the Giants' offensive coordinator.
He’s spent time coaching at his alma mater, as well as Syracuse twice, Cornell, Michigan State, Miami and Alabama and was briefly interim head coach at Miami in 2010 after head coach Randy Shannon was fired. Implicated in the scandal involving former Miami booster Nevin Shapiro, Stoutland, according to the Palm Beach Post, has been cooperating with the NCAA's investigation.
Stoutland was Southern Connecticut’s offensive coordinator from 1988 through 1992, then coached O-line at Cornell from 1993 through 1996 and at Syracuse under Paul Pasqualoni from 1997 through 1999, when Donovan McNabb was the Orangemen’s quarterback.
He spent 2000 through 2006 coaching O-line at Michigan State before going to Coral Gables to coach the O-line in 2007.
In his only game as Miami’s head coach, the Hurricanes lost to Notre Dame, 33-17, in the 2010 Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas.
Stoutland then spent 2011 and 2012 on Nick Saban’s staff at Alabama, which went 25-2 with two national championships in Stoutland’s two years in Tuscaloosa.
Stoutland’s wife Allison is the author of two children’s books.