According to a press release posted today to the University of Virginia website, offensive coordinator and Scranton native Bill Lazor resigned his place with the team after three seasons to join the National Football League. The Associated Press has reported that Lazor, who spent seven previous seasons in the NFL, is heading to the Philadelphia Eagles.
AP sources said Tuesday that Lazor said he will join Chip Kelly's staff. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no formal announcement has been made by the university or the Eagles.
Following is the full text of the University of Virginia press release:
Virginia head football coach Mike London announced today that offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor has resigned his position with the Virginia football program to accept a coaching position in the National Football League.
I appreciate Bill Lazor's time here as a member of my staff, London said. We are now wrapping up our recruiting and starting our preparation for the 2013 season. We will move quickly to find a new offensive coordinator to keep the program moving forward.
Lazor joined London's staff in 2010 after spending the previous seven seasons in the NFL. He was the quarterbacks coach for the Seattle Seahawks in 2008 and 2009. Lazor spent four seasons with the Washington Redskins. During the 2006 and 2007 seasons, Lazor was the quarterbacks coach for legendary head coach Joe Gibbs. In his first two seasons in Washington, Lazor was an offensive assistant. Lazor got his NFL start in 2003 under Dan Reeves as the Atlanta Falcons offensive quality control coach.
Lazor was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the University at Buffalo in 2001 and 2002. Lazor spent seven seasons at his alma mater, Cornell. He started as a part-time assistant in 1994 and progressed to the passing game coordinator, recruiting coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 1999 and 2000. He also spent time as the running backs, tight ends, wide receivers and junior varsity head coach during his tenure with the Big Red. He is a native of Scranton, Pa.
We have always been aware Bill Lazor might pursue a great opportunity in the National Football League, said Virginia Executive Associate Athletics Director Jon Oliver. The job he is taking with an NFL team is simply that. We see this as an opportunity for our football program that we will seek to maximize.