Florida’s pursuit of Chip Kelly will come down to the coach’s decision between the Gators and UCLA, according to multiple reports.
Florida officials, led by athletic director Scott Stricklin, met with Kelly in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on Sunday to confirm his interest in the job, although money wasn’t discussed and no contract has been offered, according to industry sources.
“We continue to have very productive conversations related to our football team,” Stricklin told reporters at the airport late Sunday. “We’ve got a process we’re going through. There will probably be some more productive conversations in the days ahead. Lot of interest in the job.”
Kelly has been the target of UF since the week after Jim McElwain was fired.
UCLA met with Kelly on Tuesday, according to reports. The coach is mulling over both offers. Tennessee also jumped into the fray according to reports but he was not interested.
The 53-year-old Kelly, a New Hampshire native who is working for ESPN as a football analyst, is the only coach involved in discussions with UF because UF won’t talk to other coaches until their seasons are finished.
Kelly went 46-7 in four years (2009-12) at Oregon, which averaged 44.7 points a game during that span. He led Oregon to big bowls in each of his four seasons: Rose, the BCS title game, Rose and Fiesta.
Kelly’s tenure in the NFL was not as successful. He went a combined 28–35 in head coaching stints at Philadelphia (2013-15) and San Francisco (last season).