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Chip Kelly To Cal? The Speculation Has Begun

Chip Kelly speaking as the head coach of the 49ers.

Chip Kelly to Cal: the speculation has begun.

California is reportedly firing head football coach Sonny Dykes. This would normally be a pretty stunning move, considering the timing of the decision. Dykes hasn't had a ton of success with the Golden Bears - he went 19-30 in four seasons - but it's been about a month since the 2016 season ended. Why is this move coming so late?

Enter, Chip Kelly.

Would Kelly, a ridiculously successful college coach who's now out of his Bay Area NFL coaching job, perhaps be someone Cal is targeting?

Maybe...

The timing is certainly interesting.

Kelly, 53, has been an NFL head coach since 2013, but after getting fired by the San Francisco 49ers, he told Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman he could be open to a college job.

Chip Kelly was wildly successful as a college head coach and helped spark all sorts of innovation on and off the field. On Tuesday, about 36 hours after being fired as the 49ers head coach, Kelly told FOX Sports he’s open to coming back to the college game.

“I evaluate all jobs individually,” he said. “I wouldn’t rule anything out.”

Fox Sports also reported that a "couple of schools" were considering making a coaching change if they felt Kelly might have interest in their program.

Kelly was 46-7 as Oregon's head coach from 2009-12, winning 12 games in each of his final three seasons in Eugene, Ore. The Ducks were 33-3 in the Pac-12 in those four seasons.