Florida could be closing in on a deal to make Chip Kelly its next coach.
On Sunday evening, InsideTheGators.com pointed out that an earlier Tweet claiming that Chip Kelly is UF’s next coach came from the son of someone on the search committee. Have a look:
Son of Florida UAA President (Who is on the search committee) https://t.co/UX2QvX0cxu
— Mark Wheeler (@InsideTheGators) November 20, 2017
As of Sunday, Chip Kelly has agreed to be the 27th head coach for the University of Florida football team. Welcome to #GatorNation Chip.
— Tyler Fawbush (@fawbusht) November 19, 2017
It didn’t stop there.
According to multiple reports Sunday afternoon, Florida is having deeper discussions with Kelly, the former Oregon and NFL coach, to replace Jim McElwain.
First it was FootballScoop.com, who tweeted this nugget:
Sources tell FootballScoop, Florida is advancing discussions with Chip Kelly…https://t.co/Og0AeOKY4K
— FootballScoop Staff (@FootballScoop) November 19, 2017
Florida writer Buddy Martin also added a very interesting note on his Facebook page Sunday night, saying that UF officials were meeting with Kelly in New Hampshire to present him a contract.
According to OnlyGators.com, a flight from Ocala, Fla., did arrive in Portsmouth, N.H., around 4:30 p.m. ET on Sunday.
The Gators parted ways with McElwain in late October after nearly three seasons in Gainesville.
Kelly would be a massive hire for the Gators. He’s respected as one of the most innovative offensive minds of this generation at the collegiate level. He led Oregon to three straight 12-win seasons and a national title game appearance during his time with the Ducks. He also coached 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota.
Kelly left Oregon for a job in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles following the 2012 season. In June of 2013, Oregon was put on a three-year probation period by the NCAA for violations that occurred during Kelly’s tenure. He received an 18-month show cause penalty as well.