It all makes so much sense on the surface.
Chip Kelly turned college football into his oyster and hasn’t experienced anywhere near that level of success in the NFL. He was run out of Philadelphia after one bad season, and now heads one of the worst teams in the league in San Francisco.
After all, his former employer is reportedly willing to pay eight figures to get Oregon back to the top. Chip went 46-7 at Oregon! What could be more perfect? Aren’t the Steve Spurrier-Washington Redskins parallels obvious here?
Ah, not so much.
According to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Kelly is not considering a return to Oregon or anywhere else in college football, for that matter.
As Schefter writes:
Colleges that privately have made overtures to Kelly’s representatives have been told in no uncertain terms that Kelly is not interested in going back to school.
Kelly said this for himself last week when asked about a return to Eugene: “No. I’m the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers. So, not looking at anything else. I’m here.”
Reports around Kelly during his time at Oregon noted he wasn’t wild on recruiting or appeasing boosters, which, obviously, are major components of the college game and nonexistent in the NFL.
Kelly, suffering through a 1-6 debut with the 49ers, signed a 4-year, $24-million contract upon his arrival in San Francisco earlier this year.