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Darren Heitner, a Florida-based lawyer and founder of Sports Agent Blog, confirmed rumors on Monday that Florida is seriously considering Chip Kelly as Jim McElwain‘s replacement and the Gators could move quickly.
“Confirmed that UF is looking at Chip Kelly as next head coach,” Heitner tweeted. “Decision could be as soon as this week. Also heard that Florida was becoming very frustrated with Jimmy Sexton, who represents many other potential candidates. Chip is represented by David Dunn.”
Kelly has sat out this season after being fired as head coach of the San Francisco 49ers in early January. He went just 28-35 in four seasons as an NFL head coach (Philadelphia Eagles, 2013-15), following four years as Oregon head coach. The now-53-year-old won 12 games in his each of his last four years with the Ducks on his way to a 46-7 career mark. It was his only college football head coaching job, at any level.
Kelly has been the subject of returning-to-college rumors not only since his dismissal by the 49ers 10 months ago but since he began struggling with the Eagles in 2015. It had remained unclear how high his interest is in returning to college, but this reports suggest he’s — at the very least — willing to entertain an offer.