Florida moves on from the Chip Kelly sweepstakes

Arnold Nichols
November 26, 2017

Kelly agreed to a five-year contract worth $23.3M with a $9M reciprocal buyout.

The San Francisco 49ers then chose to try Kelly as their head coach, but he was canned after just one season thanks to a 2-14 record in 2016. While Florida is a great job, it just didn't seem to fit with Kelly who coached in the Pac-12 during his time as the offensive coordinator and later as the head coach of the Oregon Ducks. It now appears the decision to back out was Florida's as it had, according to CBS Sports, been going back and forth with Kelly over retaining some of previous coach McElwain's staff, most notably defensive coordinator and interim head coach Randy Shannon.

Florida administrators met with Kelly on Sunday in New Hampshire and remained in contact with him earlier this week, but no deal was forthcoming between the two.

"I am thrilled to welcome Chip Kelly to Westwood", Bruins Athletics Director Dan Guerrero said. Florida had kept its options open while engaged with Kelly and is now prepared to pursue those other candidates.

Nebraska fired coach Mike Riley on Saturday, a day after he finished a 4-8 season. The Ducks fell 22-19 to Auburn in the 2011 National Championship Game.

UCLA plays its final regular-season game Friday against California.

After being fired from the Niners, Kelly joined ESPN as an NFL and college football analyst.

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