Sound Off: Can Florida seal the deal with Chip Kelly?

The Florida Gators finally got back into the win column and the Chip Kelly buzz is heating up once again now that their is a new suitor in the mix. It’s a news-filled backdrop as the Gators prepare for their regular-season finale against Florida State on Saturday. SEC Country’s Zach Abolverdi and Jordan McPherson discuss this and more in our latest Zaxby’s Sound Off.

  • After a few days of relative silence on the coaching search front, news picked right back up on Sunday when Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin, president Kent Fuchs and other prominent players in the University Athletic Association traveled to New Hampshire to presumably visit with Chip Kelly. While Stricklin would not confirm the meeting when he got off the plane in Ocala on Sunday, he did say that there have been “productive conversations.”
  • Those conversations will need to turn into a deal soon now that another player is in the mix for Kelly’s services. UCLA fired coach Jim Mora on Sunday and immediately began pursuing Kelly. According to an ESPN report, Kelly is expected to decide between the two schools in the next few days. While Florida is the better job on paper, Kelly is going to weigh his options.
  • If Kelly were to accept the job at UCLA, the Gators would likely go all-in on trying to get Scott Frost from UCF. If that doesn’t work out, Florida could be in scramble mode. The next-best options from there are defensive-minded Charlie Strong, rising but still unproven Mike Norvell and expensive buyout-wielding Matt Campbell.
  • Back to the football field, the Gators close out their season Saturday with their in-state rivalry game against Florida State. Both teams are 4-6 after trying seasons but the rivalry supersedes records.