Eagles coach Chip Kelly may not be interested in coaching at the University of Florida. But the University of Florida is interested in Kelly.
According to Mark Farzetta of CBS Philly, Florida will contact Kelly as early as Tuesday to gauge his interest in the job.
When Kelly became the head coach of the Eagles, he said he would not be returning to college football. But he could easily go back; the 18-month “show cause” order entered in connection with sanctions against Kelly arising from NCAA violations at Oregon expires on Christmas Day.
It’s unclear whether Kelly’s contract with the Eagles allows him to leave for a return to college football. He had the leverage upon being hired to finagle full control over personnel, despite having no NFL experience. If the Eagles wanted him badly enough, they’d surely consider giving him the ability to leave if he decided to return to college football, like Nick Saban did after two years with the Dolphins.