Report: Chip Kelly Among USC Coaching Candidates
Last week John McMullen wrote that Eagles head coach Chip Kelly isn't looking to leave the Eagles to head back to college, but the rumors won't go away.
Today NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on NFL Network's GameDay Morning that the Trojans will in fact consider not only Kelly, but New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton for their head coaching position.
From NFL.com article:
Rapoport reported that Kelly would have some interest in USC, but added "a source close to him points out that Chip Kelly really likes to be liked and wanted, so that may be driving some of his interest."
USC is a college job, but the Trojans program has a professional feel. Its location and prestige make it a job that NFL coaches would have interest in.
While Kelly's name often gets tossed into the hat when talking about major colleges openings with his success at Oregon and his style of offense, could it just be similar to when NFL jobs open and you hear names like Bill Cowher or Jon Gruden?
One question would be - why would Kelly leave the NFL and the Eagles?
He was just recently given full power over the organization as both coach and general manager - which means he gets to not only coach the players, but he gets to pick the players too. At the college level, Kelly would have to again recruit players and worry about the petty violations that come with recruiting.
Per Rapoport, Kelly would have interest in the job if the Trojans show they have a high level of interest, but USC will also reach out to Payton, who has a daughter who attends Pepperdine University which is near USC, and it's expected that Payton will be looking for a new opportunity after this season.