Thursday, 20 September, 2018

The Chip Kelly sweepstakes are down to two

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Kristopher Love | 22 November, 2017, 19:07

As he sits out a year working for ESPN, it's been a foregone conclusion Chip Kelly will return to coaching next season.

UCLA fired coach Jim Mora this week, after Florida did the same to Jim McElwain last month, leaving two appealing jobs open.

He also met with officials from Florida on Sunday, and may have gone from a previous verbal agreement to actually signing a non-binding agreement to be the next Gators' coach.

Sports attorney Darren Heitner, who graduated from the University of Florida, reported on Wednesday that Kelly signed an agreement with Florida on Sunday. He's immediately been on the list for any prominent job opening at the college level, but Florida and UCLA have emerged as Kelly's top two options. Schlabach added Kelly isn't expected to consider any other college openings.

Despite the unceremonious end to his National Football League tenure, Kelly is an experienced coach with a system that unquestionably works at the college level.

Kelly was the talk of college football at OR, where, from 2009-12, he went 46-7 and took the Ducks to a BCS championship. He went 46-7 during four years at OR and though the Ducks lost in Kelly's lone national championship game appearance, he steered the team to five consecutive finishes in the top five of the AP poll.

Kelly has already met with officials from UCLA, and George Schroeder of USA Today reports that he turned down an offer from Tennessee. It sounds like Kelly is coming back to college football no matter what, and the only question now is where he ends up.