ESPN writer says if Chip Kelly returns to college it will 'probably' be at Alabama
With a number of SEC coaches on the hot seat, it remains a possibility that a few head coaching spots could be open this year.
Arkansas fans are unhappy with Bret Bielema. The Tennessee Volunteers are a mess and were shutout at home by Georgia. Even LSU is rethinking Ed Orgeron a bit after a home loss to Troy.
One name that has been mentioned by various fan bases as a potential option at head coach is Chip Kelly. Kelly took over the Oregon head coaching position in 2009 and went 46-7 during his time there. He won three Pac-12 championships, led the Ducks to four BCS bowl appearances, and nearly knocked off Auburn in the BCS Championship Game.
He last coached for the San Francisco 49ers last season but remains without a job. Many fans would like to see Kelly back in the college game and coaching for their team, but Alex Scarborough with ESPN suggests there is really only one place where Kelly will probably end up.
It is hard to tell if Scarborough is serious or not, but he believes Alabama could be a logical destination for Kelly:
After winning big at Oregon and then trying his hand in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers, he’s not going to jump back into college football for just any opportunity. If that were the case, he’d already be coaching. Looking at the possible openings this offseason, it’s difficult to see the right fit. We’re talking turn-key, high-dollar programs…If Kelly ends up anywhere, it’s probably as a quality control coach at Alabama. Nick Saban would love to add him to his stockpile of former coaches.
It is still anyone’s guess where, and if, Kelly will coach again, but a Kelly-Saban partnership would be interesting to say the least.