When the Philadelphia Eagles’ record was 3-5, there might’ve been a shred of doubt Chip Kelly would go crawling back to college for the right offer. Now that the Birds are 8-5 and making a strong push for the playoffs, Chip’s retreat just doesn’t seem possible.
Apparently, that won’t stop the University of Texas from inquiring. According to a report by ESPN’s Chris Mortensen (from CBSSports.com via NJ.com), Kelly is “prominent” on the school’s coaching wish list. Here are the details.
"League sources say Chip Kelly is prominent on the new list of new Longhorns AD Steve Patterson, who's heard that Kelly misses some aspects of the college football game," Mortensen said. "If Kelly is interested, an NCAA expert believes that the 18-month show cause for sanctions at Oregon was more like a slap on the wrist and was not a major hurdle."
Kelly wouldn't comment on Mortensen report, but a team spokesman told Mort that Kelly "laughed it off" when he was told that his name was on the list.
Kelly famously quipped that he “burned the boats” when he arrived in Philadelphia, meaning there was no going back to college. Obviously that was always going to be a possible escape route if he failed at the NFL level, but it seems clear now that his philosophies translate just fine to the pro game.
Why would he leave now?
He’s not going to, of course. Texas can make all the wish lists that they like, but they’re delirious if they think Chip is ready to take a step back.
>> Chip Kelly to Texas? [NJ.com]