Former Oregon head coach Chip Kelly has been linked to the Florida coaching vacancy for some time now, but there are those who don’t believe he would be a good fit for them. However, don’t count ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit as one of those people. While Herbstreit didn’t outright say he would be perfect at Florida he did say that the coach would be a “1,000 percent” fit in the SEC on his podcast Herbstreit & Fitzsimmons.
Herbstreit gave a specific example of why Kelly would fit so well and he makes a pretty good point:
“He is the king of recruiting two-and-three star guys that love to play football. They love to practice, they’re gym rats. He loves to find them. And he finds them. If he goes to the fertile grounds of the SEC for recruiting, just hold onto your hat. Because in a couple of years, wherever he goes, they’ll be nationally relevant.”
He did have a top-20 recruiting class in every year, but his first one at Oregon getting guys like that so if he can convince players in the talent-rich states of Florida, Georgia and Alabama to stay close to home then things are going to get real interesting. Kelly should have better facilities in the coming years as well as there has been a commitment made to improve those for the Gators as they already have an indoor practice facility and a designer has been picked for the new football facilities building to be constructed.
[h/t The Spun]