The possibility of Florida hiring Chip Kelly to be its next football coach is gaining steam, and a Monday flight plan for the University of Florida plane to Connecticut has only added to that chatter.
According to Flight Aware, the tail number of a plane scheduled to fly from Gainesville, Fla. to Windsor Locks, Conn. matches that of UF’s plane. Windsor Locks is some 32 miles north of Bristol, Conn. where Kelly, a former Oregon coach who previously coached the Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers, currently works as an analyst at ESPN.
This follows a report last week that the Gators had focused their attention on three candidates, and a Monday report indicated that Kelly was indeed being looked at for the opening. This week, the SEC reportedly cleared Florida for a possible hiring despite his past issues with the NCAA.
However, Athletics Director Scott Stricklin has pushed back on Twitter to reports connecting Kelly with Florida.
But Pat Forde of Yahoo on Monday said on The Paul Finebaum Show that Kelly and Stricklin may have met last week.
Whether Florida officials are traveling to meet with Kelly to discuss the job, or the job has already been offered and it’s a pickup ahead of a future announcement, the possibility is very interesting to Florida fans.