Former coach and current ESPN analyst Chip Kelly is reportedly the top candidate for the head coaching position at Florida.
While many people predicted Kelly would be a top candidate this offseason, his colleague Paul Finebaum confirmed that the former coach is “comfortable” working at ESPN for the time being, but expects “a fit” to be “out there for him.”
“We talk a little bit in general,” Finebaum said on his own show Tuesday. “All he has really said is that he’s comfortable where he is and that there is likely a fit out there for him.”
“I’m a little surprised how quickly this has moved, if this is accurate,” Finebaum added in response to rumors that UF brass was flying up to Connecticut to meet with Kelly personally.
Kelly led Oregon to a 46-7 (33-3 Pac-12) overall record from 2009-2012, which included four BCS bowl game appearances, three Pac-12 conference championships and a BCS title game appearance in 2010.
While his NFL coaching career left much to be desired, there’s no denying that Kelly was one of college football’s best coaches while at Oregon. The Ducks were consistently a national contender, made the inaugural College Football Playoff and quarterback Marcus Mariota became the school’s first Heisman Trophy winner during his tenure.
“I don’t know how to characterize him other than it’s unbelievable,” Finebaum said. “What he did at Oregon was spectacular.”
And Florida fans are surely hoping that he can do something similar for them if he heads to the southeast and recruits in that hot bed of talent.