Sources close to San Francisco 49ers head coach Chip Kelly are saying that he doesn’t intend to return to coach in the NCAA at the end of the season, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Kelly has been proactive in denying any reports that he would be interested in a return but it appears he is being honest.
Kelly, who is 1-6 in his first season with the 49ers, has denied any interest in returning to Oregon as well, where he found most of his success and rose to prominence in the recruiting ranks.
When pressed not he issue, Kelly has stated, “No. I’m the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers. So, not looking at anything else. I’m here.”
After flaming out in Philedelphia, Kelly latched on to San Francisco as John Harbaugh left for Michigan. Kelly signed a four-year deal worth $24 million to coach the 49ers and has struggled through his first season. The Oregon Ducks are on a down swing, too.
The Ducks are 3-6 this season and have failed to duplicate the up tempo offense they became famous for during his tenure. Mark Helfrich, Kelly’s offensive coordinator, took over duties as head coach.
Several colleges have allegedly reached out to Kelly to weigh his interest and they have been told that Kelly has none.
It’s unlikely that he will be without a job after only one season in San Francisco, but if he is unable to turn the team around, he may have no other choice and be forced to return to the collegiate ranks.