Report: Florida thoroughly vetting Chip Kelly during HC search

Chip Kelly’s return to college football may come sooner rather than later as sources told Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports that the school has begun a “thorough vetting” of the former Oregon head coach.

The vetting process includes calls to NFL executives to gather background information on the former Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers coach, as well as an examination of his NCAA issues while coaching the Ducks.

Kelly was hit with an 18-month show-cause penalty after being charged with “failure to monitor” when the school was found to have paid a youth coach to guide his players to the school.

The SEC has mandated that the hiring of a coach with NCAA issues in his past must be accompanied by a phone call from the university president to the commissioner in order to make the hire.

While Kelly does have that charge on his resume, his brilliance as a college coach is unquestioned. During his time at Oregon, the offensive wizard compiled a sparking 46-7 record including a national championship game appearance.

Florida’s dreadful offense has been a major sticking point for fans, and Kelly’s proven reputation as one of the brightest offensive minds in football would certainly address that issue.

Another benefit of hiring Kelly over candidates that currently have head coaching jobs is that the 53-year-old could get a jump on recruiting before the season concludes.

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