Florida meets with Chip Kelly about coaching job

Gwen Vasquez
November 23, 2017

Former NFL and OR coach Chip Kelly is deciding on UF and UCLA.

The Gators are looking to make a big splash with their next head coaching hire, after parting ways with Jim McElwain in October.

A contingent of UCLA Athletics officials have met with former OR coach Chip Kelly about the school's vacant football coaching position, multiple media outlets reported Wednesday. He coached the San Francisco 49ers to a 2-14 record in 2016 and was sacked.

Kelly, an analyst at ESPN, went 46-7 from 2009 to 2012 at OR, which averaged 44.7 points a game during that span. He went 26-21 over three seasons with the Eagles from 2013 to '15, but owner Jeffrey Lurie fired him late in the 2015 campaign, amid a losing season and speculation of tension in the locker room.

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A contingent of UCLA athletics officials met with Chip Kelly on Tuesday as part of the search to replace football coach Jim Mora, a person with knowledge of the situation said on condition of anonymity because the discussions were private.

That seems a bit unusual, but it would help explain why a bunch of Florida players tweeted the exact same reaction on Sunday amid rumors that Kelly had agreed to become the next coach of the Gators. The top target remains Chip Kelly and he appears on the verge of making a decision.

Kelly could also consider other jobs that might soon open, including Arizona State, Texas A&M and Arkansas.

The Huskers finish their season Friday afternoon against Iowa and it is widely believed that it will also be head coach Mike Riley's final game in Lincoln.

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