Will Chip Kelly be the next Florida coach? That still hasn’t been made official, particularly with rumors that Kelly wants to listen to UCLA about its opening.
However, if Kelly decides to join the Gators, don’t expect it to happen this week.
According to The Buddy Martin Show — which is hosted by Martin, a Florida-based journalist — Kelly won’t accept the Florida job, if he decides to take it, until after this Saturday’s game against Florida State. The reasoning is that Kelly won’t get his $5 million payout from the San Francisco 49ers if he takes the job before the Gators’ season is over.
Kelly coached the 49ers for one season in 2016 after three years coaching the Philadelphia Eagles. Prior to that, he spent four years as the head coach at Oregon, his only head-coaching experience in the college ranks.
Florida concludes its season when it hosts Florida State at noon ET on Saturday.
UPDATE: On Tuesday morning, Martin tweeted a message stating that his sources presented this as a “theoretical scenario” for why a Chip Kelly-to-Florida announcement has not been made.
Thanks for props by other media but @buddymartinshow did not report as fact any delayed Chip Kelly announcement over contractual fine print — only a theoretical scenario presented by my sources. Still believe it as a logical deduction from people smarter than me. #ChipKelly
— Buddy Martin (@buddyshow) November 21, 2017