Former Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens joining staff at South Carolina

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Former Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens is going back to school.

South Carolina is hiring the longtime NFL coach as a senior football analyst, the school announced today. Kitchens was hired by the Browns in 2018 as running backs coach and was promoted to offensive coordinator midway through the season after head coach Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley were fired.

Kitchens was promoted to head coach in 2019 but was fired after a 6-10 season. He spent the last two years with the Giants as tight ends coach in 2020 and a senior offensive assistant in 2021 before taking over as interim offensive coordinator.

“I worked with Freddie Kitchens previously at Mississippi State and have known him for close to 20 years,” South Carolina head coach Shane Beamer said via the team’s website. “He’s a fantastic coach with head coaching experience and coordinator experience. He’s a long-time NFL coach who will be a great asset and resource for our program and will help us in so many ways.”

Kitchens, 47, began his coaching career at Glenville State in 1999 after playing quarterback at Alabama, eventually landing at Mississippi State coaching tight ends in 2004 and running backs in 2005. Beamer was the cornerbacks coach and recruiting coordinator there in 2004 and 2005. He also spent time at LSU and North Texas.

He started his pro coaching career with the Cowboys in 2006 before moving to Arizona in 2007, where he coached in various roles until the Browns hired him.

The Browns chose Kitchens over Kevin Stefanski in 2019. They hired Stefanski a year later.

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