Chip Kelly to Decide Between Florida, UCLA Coaching Jobs in Coming Days


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

The Florida Gators search for a new head coach after firing Jim McElwain continues.

Chip Kelly appears set to make his return to the college football ranks with a big program, according to a report from ESPN.

According to USA Today, Chip Kelly turned down a recent offer from the University of Tennessee. He guided OR to three Pac-12 Conference titles and an appearance in the national championship game in 2011 while compiling a 46-7 record in four seasons. USF is coached by former Gators defensive coordinator Charlie Strong, who has also been mentioned as a potential candidate. Troy Aikman is doing everything he can to lure Kelly to his alma mater, but the Gators' top brass met with Kelly earlier this week and that reportedly went well.

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Kelly has been out of coaching since 2016 after two National Football League stops with the Philadelphia Eagles and the San Francisco 49ers were less than successful as he finished 28-35 in the pros.

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.

Kelly met with UCLA officials regarding the school's vacant position in Los Angeles on Tuesday and is expected to decide between Florida and UCLA in the next few days, a source close to Kelly told ESPN's Mark Schlabach on Wednesday. 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. Kelly also was handed an 18-month show-cause penalty after he left to become the head coach for the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles.