The Florida football team emerged as the front-runner for the Chip Kelly sweepstakes earlier this month. Meeting with the former Oregon head coach in New Hampshire on Sunday, the Gators failed to reach an agreement with Kelly.
Kelly met with the UCLA Bruins a few days later.
He was expected to make a decision between the two teams shortly after meeting with them both, but it appears the Gators didn’t want to wait any longer.
According to Yahoo’s Pat Forde, the Gators have withdrawn themselves as a potential landing spot for Kelly and his up-tempo offense. They’ll be seeking other candidates to fill their head coaching vacancy.
One name that is starting to gain a lot of traction is Scott Frost from UCF. What the Knights coach has done with a second-tier AAC conference program has been nothing short of wizardry; he’s starting to get a lot of national attention for it.
For Kelly, it makes more sense for him to return to the PAC 12 where he enjoyed so much success with the Oregon Ducks.
The conference might have changed in the few years that he’s been away from the collegiate coaching ranks, but if he’s able to have even a fraction of the success he had with the Ducks, it’ll be an improvement.
The Bruins struggled the last two seasons under coach Jim Mora. Kelly figures to be the perfect person to inject life back into the program.