Nick Saban, Lane Kiffin field questions about Chip Kelly visit to Tuscaloosa
The reports are true.
Nick Saban confirmed that former Oregon and Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly made a visit to Tuscaloosa while answering questions during the College Football Playoff media day on Saturday.
But the nature of the visit was a bit more cryptic.
Nick Saban confirms report of Chip Kelly visiting Tuscaloosa but said it "wasn't about anything of significance to this game."
— Chase Goodbread (@ChaseGoodbread) January 9, 2016
Nick Saban on reports Chip Kelly was in Tuscaloosa recently. "He's s friend" and "was just coming through town."
— Paola Boivin (@PaolaBoivin) January 9, 2016
Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin was also asked about Kelly’s visit:
Lane Kiffin on Chip Kelly’s visit to Bama this week: “It was good to spend some time w/him & to bring him in & get some different ideas”
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) January 9, 2016
As expected, this was likely the case of a recently fired prominent coach paying a visit to some of his friends in between interviewing for his next gig.
It has been reported that Kelly recently interviewed with the San Francisco 49ers and would seem to be a candidate for a head-coaching job only at this point in his career.
Still yet, whispers about Kelly and Alabama likely won’t go away until there’s a zero percent chance that he joins the team in some capacity.