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Report: Kelly 'prominent' on Texas list, coach 'laughed off' rumors

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

Chip Kelly's name is included in the Texas coaching search.
Chip Kelly's name is included in the Texas coaching search. (USATSI)

After a week of ridiculous back-and-forth speculation, Mack Brown is finally out at Texas, resigning from his position as Longhorns head coach on Saturday night. Brown's departure means we can crank the rumor mill dial to "Full-Blown Rampant" and start getting weird with things.

49ers coach Jim Harbaugh and Steelers coach Mike Tomlin were already bandied about as possible replacements. Add the Eagles Chip Kelly to the list of speculative names too. ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported Sunday that Kelly is "prominent" on the Texas coaching wish list.

"League sources say Chip Kelly is prominent on the new list of new Longhorns AD Steve Patterson, who's heard that Kelly misses some aspects of the college football game," Mortensen said. "If Kelly is interested, an NCAA expert believes that the 18-month show cause for sanctions at Oregon was more like a slap on the wrist and was not a major hurdle."

Kelly wouldn't comment on Mortensen report, but a team spokesman told Mort that Kelly "laughed it off" when he was told that his name was on the list.

In the world of coaching rumors you can never say never, and Texas has a lot money. But at the moment Kelly's Eagles are in the catbird seat in the NFC East and are playing exceptionally well on both sides of the ball.

If he keeps winning in Philly it'll be difficult to persuade him to head elsewhere.

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