Chip Kelly told Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman on Tuesday that he wouldn’t rule out a return to college coaching, just two days after the 49ers fired him after just one season in San Francisco.
So where would the most likely landing spots be for Kelly if he decides to come back to college? Travis Haney of 247Sports lists five places — UCLA, Notre Dame, Texas A&M, Stanford and Penn State.
Haney makes it clear that 1) those jobs need to actually come open, which is possible given there are six NFL vacancies right now and 2) that James Franklin probably isn’t first on any NFL team’s list, though he’s been very loosely tied to the Bills job.
Here’s what Haney wrote about Kelly and Penn State.
This also feels like a ragged fit for Kelly. He is from the Northeast, sure, but would you really want to jump in a division with Urban Meyer and Jim Harbaugh clicking on the recruiting trail and on the field?
The Broncos, 49ers, Chargers, Bills, Jaguars and Rams all need to hire a new coach.
Kelly went 10-6 in each of his first two seasons with the Eagles but was dismissed with one game to play in the 2015 season and the Eagles sitting at 6-9. He went 2-14 with the 49ers this year.
But Kelly had unparalleled success at Oregon, going 46-7 from 2009-12 with an appearance in the 2010 national title game. The Ducks had won at least 10 games four times in program history before Kelly took over, and he did it in each of his four years.