Report: University of Texas wants Chip Kelly

Report: University of Texas wants Chip Kelly

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]

Michal Neuvirth pays tribute to Flyers greats Bernie Parent, Ron Hextall, Roman Cechmanek (!)

Michal Neuvirth pays tribute to Flyers greats Bernie Parent, Ron Hextall, Roman Cechmanek (!)

Michal Neuvirth has a new mask — let's hope it helps him stop more pucks.

Neuvirth will debut a new lid Saturday night, when the Flyers return to game action after their five-day bye week against the New Jersey Devils at the Wells Fargo Center.

The new mask pays tribute to Flyers goaltending greats, such as Bernie Parent (two Stanley Cups), Ron Hextall (current GM, 1987 Vezina Trophy and Conn Smythe Trophy winner) and Roman Cechmanek (why not?). Neuvirth will get the start tonight over Steve Mason.

In 13 games — 10 starts — this season, Neuvirth is 6-3 with a 3.30 goals-against average and .877 save percentage. Don't read too much into Neuvirth's start tonight, however.

The Flyers have a back-to-back beginning tonight, against New Jersey and the New York Islanders. The safe bet is to see Mason in net on Sunday night in Brooklyn.

But tonight, keep an eye out to see if Neuvirth can make a Cechmanek-esque head save.