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When Bobby Petrino made the jump from college to the Atlanta Falcons, he left after less than one season to return to the collegiate ranks to become the head coach at Arkansas.

Chip Kelly is not planning to follow in Petrino’s footsteps. Lane Kiffin’s firing has opened up the coaching job at USC and that’s led some to put Kelly’s name on a list of candidates. The Eagles coach said he didn’t want to talk hypotheticals when asked Thursday about his response should the Trojans come calling, but eventually came up with a stronger response.

“I’m the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles,” Kelly said, via Geoff Mosher of CSNPhilly.com. “I’m very, very excited to be here. I’m not entertaining anything like that. I’m here.”

As Dolphins fans likely remember from the Nick Saban days, coaches have a way of changing their minds when a high-profile gig opens up so one should never say never. This case is a bit different, though, because Kelly was slapped with an 18-month show cause penalty by the NCAA in January as part of their punishment of the Oregon program for infractions while Kelly was their coach. The penalty means that the other infractions assessed to Oregon would follow to another school unless they could convince the NCAA why they shouldn’t apply.

USC just finished serving probation and dealing with the loss of scholarships for infractions committed while Pete Carroll was the coach and it’s hard to imagine they’d have much desire to go back to them if they’re looking to win in the near future. Throw that on top of Kelly’s comments and there’s reason to think that Kelly won’t be going the same way as Saban and Petrino.

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  1. eriewarrior19 says: Oct 3, 2013 1:12 PM

    Everyone knows this guy and his gimmick offense will end up back in the college ranks.

  2. bucrightoff says: Oct 3, 2013 1:13 PM

    “I’m not gonna be the USC coach. I don’t know how many times I’ve gotta say it”

    12 months later…

    “Its great to be the USC coach. My heart was always in the college game”

  3. Youknowimright says: Oct 3, 2013 1:15 PM

    This is not a good sign, Philly. Only 4 games in and this stuff is coming up. Can you say Bobby Petrino?

  4. ccjcsr says: Oct 3, 2013 1:16 PM

    1 trick pony!

    #overrated

  5. tigersfandan says: Oct 3, 2013 1:20 PM

    Because of the show cause penalty, I think there’s nothing to see here. Then again, Kelly changed his mind before.

  6. cmsaint9 says: Oct 3, 2013 1:20 PM

    When’s the press conference

  7. chargerdillon says: Oct 3, 2013 1:25 PM

    While I like Chip Kelly, he runs a total gimmick offense that worked great in College and has cost him wins in the pros.

    He also is on the team with the worst defense in the NFL.

    His system will not work unless 1. He improves on defense and 2. Compromises with this speed issue and learns to slow down at the end of games rather than handing the ball back to the opposition.

    I hope he stays, and of the teams in the NFC East, he’s on the one I’ll root for.

  8. wearethesteelers says: Oct 3, 2013 1:27 PM

    So when will it be officially announced?

  9. wabbitslayer says: Oct 3, 2013 1:28 PM

    So they’re not “talking”…they’re just…talking.

  10. joetoronto says: Oct 3, 2013 1:30 PM

    He’s as good as gone.

  11. tigersfandan says: Oct 3, 2013 1:31 PM

    Furthermore, it would be silly for Kelly to throw in the towel on his NFL career so soon. His team is only a game out of first place in a very weak division. Besides, USC was in hot water with the NCAA recently enough that it probably wouldn’t be wise for them to pursue a coach who currently is under NCAA sanctions of his own.

  12. bg4866 says: Oct 3, 2013 1:31 PM

    USC wont go down this road – He has 18 month show cause penalty against him by NCAA

  13. eaglesw00t says: Oct 3, 2013 1:33 PM

    He better not even entertain the idea of returning to college…

    With what Jeff Lurie just paid you, you need to work on what you already have. You obviously have plenty of work to do there already…

  14. daysend564 says: Oct 3, 2013 1:35 PM

    He’s still be at Oregon if you know, they weren’t about to get the hammer dropped on them for his cheating.

    His team is getting blown away in the NFL. Few more games, and just like when he was focused on coaching the Ducks right before he jumped ship.

  15. The Shoeman says: Oct 3, 2013 1:36 PM

    STOP !

    THIS IS NONSENSE !
    Check back in 3 years . . he ain’t goin’ anywhere.

    jeez

  16. bigbwoy000 says: Oct 3, 2013 1:37 PM

    He wasn’t leaving Oregon for the Eagles either…

  17. klutch14u says: Oct 3, 2013 1:37 PM

    Been saying for the last 2 weeks that this guy is gonna pull a Petrino and he might not even make it through 13 games.

    Won’t ever forget the constant scrolling banner on TV when they were going to be facing the Chiefs on Thursday night. It read something like

    “Kansas City Chiefs -VS- the high Octane Philadelphia Eagles this Thurs. Night on the NFL Network”

    How’d that work out for him?

  18. buddysguys says: Oct 3, 2013 1:37 PM

    wouldnt USC penalized if Kelly coached didnt he get a ban from NCAA while at Oregon? Not sure how that works but i cant imagine it would be good for USC.

  19. leroyquimby says: Oct 3, 2013 1:37 PM

    He still has more wins than the Giants and Steelers

  20. fwippel says: Oct 3, 2013 1:37 PM

    Gotta hand it to the author, my first thought when I saw that headline was “Bobby Petrino”.

    Not an Eagles’ fan, but I sincerely hope Kelly doesn’t give the Eagles the Petrino treatment.

  21. captaineagles says: Oct 3, 2013 1:37 PM

    This is ridiculous. Kelly’s offense has actually been pretty good in the NFL thus far and he seems to be keeping Michael Vick alive, DeSean Jackson back on the map, and LeSean McCoy this season is the best runningback in the league.

    I would like to see anyone try to win games with the defense that we have. It’s sickening.

  22. swaggyy says: Oct 3, 2013 1:38 PM

    Probably because all the success he’s having in Philly

  23. phillyfan7786 says: Oct 3, 2013 1:40 PM

    The Eagles offense is doing just fine,there are issues, especially in the red zone, but expectations for this team were low before the season started. It’s almost a shame that Chip had some success week 1 and everyone jumped on the playoff bandwagon so quickly. Now they’re playing the way they were expected too and a lot of people are ready to give up on him and the system.

    The defense is weak and has been for years. Let the man draft his guys and make some player changes for, at the very least, one more year if not two, then see how the “gimmick” looks.

  24. elmerbrownelmerbrown says: Oct 3, 2013 1:40 PM

    I think he is

  25. jnks10 says: Oct 3, 2013 1:45 PM

    A lot of people are throwing the words gimmick offense out there in regards to Chip Kelly. Lets go over what Chip has dealt with in Philadelphia so far and you tell me if you feel he is in over his head or had a stacked deck against him this year. First he signed on with a 4-12 team. He was one of the last coaches hired. He took a while to hire his staff (though that is his fault), He brought an entirely new style of offense to his team, he had a team that was left in shables by it’s old coach he did a god awful job drafting the past 3 years, he has a 33 year old qb who does exactly what he doesn’t want a qb to do in not being overly accurate and not getting rid of the ball quickly but he is his only run option qb, his team was the first team in NFL history to start a season wiht 3 games in 11 days, the teams the eagles have lost to are a combined 10-2 and you could make an arguement that the chargers should be 4-0, he lost his best possesion and red zone threat in Maclin before the season started, and he had an offense line that had 3 starters coming back from major injury. With that being said this eagles offense is 2nd in total offense and 11th in points all with Riley friggin Cooper as the number 2 Wide out. I love everything Chip has done so far especially without a full deck. I can’t wait to see where the birds are 2-3 years from now when Chip can really run the type of offense he wants. In Chip We Trust.

  26. tombstone7 says: Oct 3, 2013 1:47 PM

    Damn! Stop it already. Chip Kelly’s offense works and there’s is nothing tricky to it. What the obvious flaw is that the players lack execution and the defense is made of pancakes, just plain flat. Tight end missed sure touchdown last game and the special teams have not provided great field position.

    Kelly has a basic game plan. What tricky about traps, bubble screens, wide sweeps left and right? Nothing…Tom Landry, the Offensive God of football introduced the “flex” and multiple shifts, but at the end of the day, it was basic football….run, tackle, catch and score. Pretty simple to me….Kelly will be successful!

  27. chuckchillout says: Oct 3, 2013 1:50 PM

    I don’t know if that answer sounded convincing, but it sure didn’t read convincing.

    Despite the disastrous state of the Eagles, they can actually be tied for 1st place in the division after this weekend, with a very achievable win against the Giants, and a very likely Dallas loss to Denver.

  28. trollaikman8 says: Oct 3, 2013 1:50 PM

    He was recruiting for Oregon up until the time his baggage was checked-in for Philly.

  29. tommyribs says: Oct 3, 2013 1:52 PM

    It’s not cool people are trying to put Kelly at USC.

    The guy is Four games into his NFL career, and he is trying to make this thing work and see if he can coach at this level.

    Give him a break.

    And by the way I am a GIANTS fan, so you know I despise Philly, but he really needs to be left alone here.

  30. mrsmell says: Oct 3, 2013 1:52 PM

    I dont know what games people are watching or just purely hate Chip. His offensive schemes are working quite well in the NFL. Give Chip a quality defense and people will start to mum a little more.

  31. drbob117 says: Oct 3, 2013 1:54 PM

    The media has made Chip Kelly seem like his job is in danger after 4 games. Nothing could be further from the truth. There are still 31 players left over from the Reid era. Lurie knew when he hired Chip that it would be a long term process and that the talent level of the team needs at least 2 drafts and 2 free agent periods before you can even start to evaluate him on wins and losses. Lurie loves the fact that he has been a good leader, is an innovative coach and implemented things that will help the players with their conditioning, sleep, diet etc. The overall offense is #2 in the league and the rushing offense is #1. The rest of it will take a long time to develop and for most Eagles fans, that’s just fine.

  32. Youknowimright says: Oct 3, 2013 1:57 PM

    A lot of people are throwing the words gimmick offense out there in regards to Chip Kelly. Lets go over what Chip has dealt with in Philadelphia so far and you tell me if you feel he is in over his head or had a stacked deck against him this year. First he signed on with a 4-12 team. He was one of the last coaches hired. He took a while to hire his staff (though that is his fault), He brought an entirely new style of offense to his team, he had a team that was left in shables by it’s old coach he did a god awful job drafting the past 3 years, he has a 33 year old qb who does exactly what he doesn’t want a qb to do in not being overly accurate and not getting rid of the ball quickly but he is his only run option qb, his team was the first team in NFL history to start a season wiht 3 games in 11 days, the teams the eagles have lost to are a combined 10-2 and you could make an arguement that the chargers should be 4-0, he lost his best possesion and red zone threat in Maclin before the season started, and he had an offense line that had 3 starters coming back from major injury. With that being said this eagles offense is 2nd in total offense and 11th in points all with Riley friggin Cooper as the number 2 Wide out. I love everything Chip has done so far especially without a full deck. I can’t wait to see where the birds are 2-3 years from now when Chip can really run the type of offense he wants. In Chip We Trust.

    —————————————

    And he brought personalized smoothies and rock music during practice to the team. This guy revloutionized the way we think about football. Maybe not. He gone.

  33. weepingjebus says: Oct 3, 2013 2:00 PM

    USC’s opening offer must have been too low.

  34. dalcow4 says: Oct 3, 2013 2:03 PM

    He will be back in college before too long, but I’d rather see him get one more season in and then go to the Gators next year.

  35. eaglefan94 says: Oct 3, 2013 2:07 PM

    Anyone who calls Chip’s offense a “gimmick” has not watched it. It really isn’t any different than many NFL offenses other than that it goes at a high tempo. Acting like a first year head coach is on the hot seat after four games is ridiculous, especially considering that two of the Eagles three losses came at the hands of undefeated teams.

  36. afcdomination says: Oct 3, 2013 2:11 PM

    this fast paced offense is stupid. its left his offense tired, and teams like the chiefs are running more plays than them by just milking clock and dominating their D. he leaves points on the field, and seems to think touchdowns come in bunches like in college, when really you have to learn to win those 20-17 games in the regular in the pros.

    don’t see that happening

  37. hailskins94 says: Oct 3, 2013 2:27 PM

    Wow, 4 games in. When is the press conference scheduled for?

  38. socalskinsfan21 says: Oct 3, 2013 2:30 PM

    where’s flavordave at now?

    so much for chipper’s 13 headed monster world domination tour 2013.

    after one game tape the whole league knows how to defend this offense.

    maybe chip should work on adding a few new plays.

  39. jjackwagon says: Oct 3, 2013 2:54 PM

    Translation: USC hasn’t offered me enough money yet.

  40. MTLighthouse69 says: Oct 3, 2013 2:54 PM

    It is a gimmick offense. Doesn’t anyone remember the no huddle offense that Sam Wyche and the Bengals ran back in the ’80s? Why did it go away?

    Simply, because the team that runs that offense is exposing its own defense. It doesn’t take too many 3 and outs with the no huddle offense before it becomes a complete disaster for their exhausted defense.

    The no huddle offense is fine as long as they can move the ball, but if they don’t game over.

  41. mjohnson062 says: Oct 3, 2013 3:00 PM

    Can we put Greg Schiano on the USC list?

  42. usmutts says: Oct 3, 2013 3:00 PM

    Chip can’t run his full offense in the NFL because it’s just too dangerous for the QB, no matter who the QB is. In the Saints-Dolphins game, Tannehill took off running on the read-option. He got some yards. But then he really got hammered, really hammered ( and fumbled ) and I was happy to see him able to get up off the ground. No more read-option after that.

    Another problem with Chip’s offense crops up when the opposing team has players just as big, fast and strong, and just as well coached, as Chip’s boys. Here he has no natural advantage. Auburn and LSU proved that to Oregon. In the NFL the opponents are all big, fast, strong and well coached.

    Looking ahead, it seems to me that if Chip finally comes to the conclusion – this year, next year, whenever – that he can’t be as wildly successful in the NFL as he was in college and will not ascend to legend status, he will go back to college.

  43. bearshaterseverywhere says: Oct 3, 2013 3:01 PM

    Don’t burn your bridges Chip! The clock is ticking on your failed NFL attempt…

  44. raiderlyfe510 says: Oct 3, 2013 3:11 PM

    Mike Singletary at USC would be Pete Carroll 2.0. Monster recruiter and teaches the game the way it should be taught. His style of play is suited for the college game. USC would be a powerhouse.

    Only a great football mind like myself has the vision to see that though. So I doubt it would happen.

  45. phillyphever says: Oct 3, 2013 3:12 PM

    Please USC, do everything you can to get this guy out of here.

  46. razzmatazzcomics says: Oct 3, 2013 3:13 PM

    Kelly is not supposed to win this year. It would be better for the Eagles to get higher draft picks the next couple of years. Jimmy Johnson left college and went 1-15 his first year in Dallas. We all know how that turned out. ‘Nuff said.

  47. vegasdestroyer says: Oct 3, 2013 3:17 PM

    Bill O’Brien just interviewed for the job.

  48. vegasdestroyer says: Oct 3, 2013 3:20 PM

    Bill O’Brien just turned down the USC job. Says his heart is in Penn State and doesn’t know why he keeps interviewing for other jobs.

  49. vegasdestroyer says: Oct 3, 2013 3:21 PM

    Chip is waiting for the Penn State job to open after Bill accepts the Tampa Bay job.

  50. vegasdestroyer says: Oct 3, 2013 3:22 PM

    Bill O’Brien: Why don’t you people believe me when I say I am not leaving Penn State?

  51. vegasdestroyer says: Oct 3, 2013 3:24 PM

    Tampa just fired some ex-college coach and hired Bill O’Brien.

  52. lance19 says: Oct 3, 2013 4:01 PM

    “You had me at “CHIP KELLY ‘NOT ENTERTAINING'” said unhappy Philly fans

  53. bigbwoy000 says: Oct 3, 2013 4:15 PM

    Kelly is not supposed to win this year. It would be better for the Eagles to get higher draft picks the next couple of years. Jimmy Johnson left college and went 1-15 his first year in Dallas. We all know how that turned out. ‘Nuff said.”

    Jimmy also had Troy Aikman already & a blue chip trade piece in Hershel Walker.

    Kelly has a turnover machine at QB & nobody besides Shady to trade.

    Since you brought it up razzmatazzcomics, how would you feel if Kelly Traded McCoy for draft picks?? Bet the city would go INSANE & bringing up Hershel & Johnson would be met with howls!

  54. mogogo1 says: Oct 3, 2013 4:24 PM

    Bad timing. A year or two from now would have been perfect, but the Eagles O has shown enough promise there’s no way he throws in the towel that soon and I doubt they can play bad enough for him to be canned before USC fills the job.

  55. grandpoopah says: Oct 3, 2013 4:27 PM

    For everyone who thinks the Eagles are losing because of Chip’s “gimmick” offense, have you looked at the team’s roster lately? The lovechild of Vince Lombardi and Bill Walsh couldn’t win 4 games with these players.

  56. cunninghampeetemcnabbvick says: Oct 3, 2013 5:07 PM

    To everyone hating on Chip Kelly, unless your a Broncos fan, your offense is worse then ours. Eat crow.

  57. chrisk61 says: Oct 3, 2013 5:26 PM

    i am a 20 + yr eagles season ticket holder. there is a bit too much venom directed at kelly right. fact of the matter is eagles should be 2-2 rather than 1-3. should have beat SD. one gm difference. not much. everyone is already throwing kelly under the bus, which is ridiculous. it is also ignorant. it is his first yr and left with a defense — by andy reid — that was terrible. the defense won’t be fixed overnite. frankly this season is far from over. nfc east is average at best and up for grabs. eagles’ next 5 — at NYT, at TB, Dal, NYG and at Oak — are very winnable. let’s reserve judgment a bit til after those 5 gms, 9 gms into season.

  58. brento1499 says: Oct 3, 2013 5:34 PM

    “1 trick pony!

    #overrated”
    ————————–

    way to prove that you haven’t watched an eagles game this season and you get all your news and opinions from PFT and nfl red zone.

    #1 rushing attack in the nfl – something andy reid couldn’t come close to achieving even with a top-5, maybe even top-2 back

    #11 passing attack – and let’s be honest, the o-line has played good but not great and the offensive talent outside of desean jackson is just plain bad

    this is the weakest set of weapons that vick’s had since coming to philly, and to this point vick has played 2 of his best games ever (wash and SD), a good but not great game (den) and one bad game. you couldn’t say that after the first four games in either ’11 or ’12 when reid was coaching. of course i can’t say that vick playing well is 100% a result of chip’s coaching, but it would be foolish to say that he doesn’t play a part.

    yes, chip gaffed and showed poor clock management at the tail end of the SD game. he also attempted a dumb two point conversion against KC that didn’t make sense in that situation. he probably should have been more aggressive in the denver game, but besides that he’s been a pretty okay nfl coach. maybe he’s overrated because stupid national pundits thought he’d somehow come in and revolutionize offense football, but if you had realistic expectations i think you’ll come to the conclusion that he’s been at least an average coach through four games

  59. loubush6 says: Oct 3, 2013 6:15 PM

    Remember when Jordan left to play baseball? Just long enough to avoid any penalties or inquiries for gambling? When are Kelley’s NCAA penalties released again?

  60. khmerson562 says: Oct 3, 2013 6:44 PM

    He’ll be the next coach for Texas if he goes back to college.

  61. captrtp says: Oct 3, 2013 8:23 PM

    Get off Chip he is here to stay!!!!! Fly eagles. It will take a few years to dump Andy’s dead beats and build his own team………..hes an offensive genius his offense is potent even with no talent. After a few drafts watch out.

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