Jan. 29, 2007
After much deliberation, UCLA offensive line coach has decided to return to the National Football League as offensive line coach for the Detroit Lions.
"I know this was a tough decision for Jim," said head coach Karl Dorrell. "He did a great job for us this past season. I know he doesn't like to leave after just one year, but the job with the Lions is ideal for him at this point in his career.
"I want to thank him for his hard work this season. He will always be a great Bruin."
Colletto joined the Bruin staff last February after seven years in the NFL - one (2005) with the Oakland Raiders and six with the Baltimore Ravens (1999-2004). He also had 32 years of experience on the collegiate level, including 11 as a head coach, prior to joining the UCLA staff last year.
"This was a hard decision for me to make," said Colletto. "Karl gave me a great opportunity this year and I am thankful to him for that. I really enjoyed working with the young men on the offensive line and being a part of another historic win over USC. I just felt that the opportunity with Detroit was one I could not turn down."