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UVA OC Lazor leaving for Eagles job

Virginia's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor is leaving to join Chip Kelly's staff with the Philadelphia Eagles, a source told CBS on Tuesday morning.

The 40-year-old Scranton, Pa., native has extensive NFL coaching experience having been the quarterback coach for the Seattle Seahawks and Washington Redskins before coming to Virginia in 2010. He also worked as an assistant for the Atlanta Falcons. During his seven seasons in the NFL, Lazor coached under Jim Mora, Mike Holmgren, Joe Gibbs and Dan Reeves.

Lazor, a former Cornell quarterback, spent three seasons at UVA, where he inherited a team that had finished last in the ACC in total offense the year before he arrived. In his first season with the Cavaliers, Virginia improved to third in offense in the conference. The team also improved from No. 105 in passing to No. 25.

In 2011, Virginia was fourth in the ACC in total offense and No. 56 in the country in passing. Last season, 4-8 UVA fell to eighth in the league in offense and No. 37 in passing while juggling quarterbacks between Mike Rocco and Alabama transfer Phillip Sims.

The exit of Lazor only adds to the widespread staff transition at Virginia this winter, where coach Mike London, who just completed his third season, has brought in a bunch of new defensive assistants along with adding on former North Carolina State and Boston College head coach Tom O'Brien to be the team's new tight ends coach. O'Brien also has the title of associate head coach for offense.


Bruce Feldman is a senior writer for CBSSports.com and college football commentator for CBS Sports Network. He is a New York Times Bestselling author, who has written books including Swing Your Sword, Meat Market and Cane Mutiny. Prior to joining CBS, Feldman spent 17 years at ESPN.
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