Chip Kelly is reportedly set to return to the collegiate ranks for a head coaching job, with two suitors left available for his service. Yahoo Sports' Pat Forde reported that Florida is planning to widen its search past Kelly after meeting with the coach on Sunday night. He coached the San Francisco 49ers to a 2-14 record in 2016 and was sacked.
Kelly doesn't have to do a thing or say a thing and can find published reports linking him with jobs that are not even open yet at places like Nebraska, Texas A&M and Auburn. His NFL stint was far less successful, finishing with a 26-21 record with the Eagles and a 2-14 mark with the 49ers.
UCLA entered the picture after firing Jim Mora on Sunday.
Kelly posted a 46-7 record at OR from 2009-12 and was widely regarded as one of the best offensive minds in the game during that span. The recruiting relationships he established in the West Coast while at OR could be invaluable at UCLA, while not a big factor in the state of Florida. He also reportedly turned turned down an offer from Tennessee, which fired coach Butch Jones on November 13. For instance, maybe Kelly and the Gators agreed that he could only meet with UCLA, excluding the possibility of other schools getting into the mix.
- While Mike Riley doesn't seem long for Nebraska, there are indications that, despite his denial, Scott Frost could be the next man in charge of the Cornhuskers.