Tennessee has been swept up in trying to lure Jon Gruden to the college ranks, but apparently the school also made a failed run at Chip Kelly.
Kelly is reportedly weighing his options as Florida and UCLA are looking to make him their head coach. Last night, a report emerged that a mystery third team was getting involved, though that team has supposedly not yet fired its current head coach.
Tennessee does not seem to fit the mystery team bill, but the Vols reportedly made a run at Kelly as well, but were turned down.
USA Today‘s George Schroeder reports that Kelly may have also turned away Nebraska, which is expected to part ways with head coach Mike Riley after the season.
The hottest available coaching candidate could pick from one of several schools. At least Florida, Tennessee and UCLA have made overtures or offers to Chip Kelly, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.
Kelly turned down a recent offer from Tennessee, the person said. He is also believed to have turned away interest from Nebraska. According to multiple reports, Florida officials including the school’s president met with Kelly on Sunday night, hours after UCLA announced the firing of Jim Mora Jr. Kelly expressed the desire to weigh his options.
According to the report, the offers were in the range of $6 million per year.
Unless another school opens up soon, like Texas A&M which will reportedly part with Kevin Sumlin after Saturday’s game, it appears that Kelly will either be coaching the Gators or Bruins next year. With an early signing period coming in a few weeks, it is understandable that schools want to fill these vacancies extremely soon.
Update: Trey Wallace of The Read Optional now reports that no official offer was made by Tennessee to Kelly.
Contrary to other reports, Tennessee never offered a contract to Chip Kelly. They might have spoken through intermediary’s, but they never offered him.
— Trey Wallace (@TreyW_Radio) November 22, 2017
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