Report: Kelly laughs off Texas coaching candidacy

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Report: Kelly laughs off Texas coaching candidacy
December 15, 2013, 12:30 pm
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This is the second time this year Chip Kelly's named has surfaced with a college coaching vacancy. (AP)

Chip Kelly might not be interested in coaching college football anytime soon, but the college game apparently is still interested in him.

Kelly is on the list of candidates to replace University of Texas coach Mack Brown, who is resigning after the season, according to an ESPN report.

Chris Mortensen, one of ESPN’s NFL insiders, reported this morning on Sunday NFL Countdown that Kelly is one of several coaches targeted by Texas athletic director Steve Patterson.

Mortensen also reported that Patterson heard that Kelly misses some aspects of the college game. He also said an Eagles spokesperson said Kelly "laughed it off" when he heard his name was linked to the Texas job.

Kelly, in his first NFL season after building the University of Oregon into a national powerhouse, has coached the Eagles to an 8-5 record and first place in the NFC East going into Sunday’s showdown against the Vikings at the Metrodome.

Earlier this season, Kelly’s name surfaced in several reports connecting him to the USC job after the firing of coach Lane Kiffin.

“I’m the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles,” Kelly said on Oct. 3. “I’m very, very excited to be here. I’m not entertaining anything like that. I’m here.”

In January, Kelly left Oregon and agreed to a five-year contract with the Eagles worth a reported $32.5 million. In June, the NCAA sanctioned Kelly and Oregon following a legthy investigation into recruiting violations.

The NCAA saddled Kelly with an 18-month “show cause” requiring any NCAA-member school that hires him to appear before an infractions committee. Further sanctions could be imposed after the hearing.

Mortensen, citing an NCAA expert, reported that Kelly’s sanctions are viewed as a slap on the wrist and not an insurmountable hurdle.

At his introductory press conference in January, Kelly said he had put the college game in his rear-view mirror.

“I’m all in,” he said. “I’m a NFL coach and this is where I want to be. If there was any indecision in terms of [not wanting to be in], I wouldn’t have made the jump. I made the jump and I’m here and I’m excited to be here.”