Is Chip Kelly a fit in the SEC?
That is a question that has been asked in recent days with rumors swirling that the former Oregon head coach could bring his fast-paced offense to the southeast.
Kelly has been linked to the Florida Gators opening, leading many to wonder whether he could have the same success in the nation’s best conference as he did when he was in the Pac-12.
Well, ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit doesn’t appear to be concerned.
During the latest episode of the Herbstreit & Fitzsimmons podcast, Herbstreit said that Kelly is “1,000 percent” a fit in the conference.
“He is the king of recruiting two-and-three star guys that love to play football. They love to practice, they’re gym rats. He loves to find them. And he finds them,” Herbstreit said, as transcribed by The Spun.
“If he goes to the fertile grounds of the SEC for recruiting, just hold onto your hat. Because in a couple of years, wherever he goes, they’ll be nationally relevant.”
When he was at Oregon, Kelly had one of the most entertaining offenses in the nation.
If he can implement that system in a conference mostly known for its strong defenses, college football fans are going to be in for a treat. Let’s hope it happens.