Ready for the Chip Kelly-back-to-college chatter? 49ers could have an opening

You are going to hear a ton about San Francisco 49ers coach Chip Kelly returning to college football in the coming weeks. A ton.

Especially as boosters at top NCAA programs start putting feelers out all over the place. You'll hear rumors about Jon Gruden and possibly Sean Payton as well (yes, even after just signing that long-term extension). With schools like LSU and Texas and Oregon and Penn State all possibly in that mix, it's going to heat up soon.

Kelly's offense continues to be ridiculed by his peers in the NFL, and several coaches I spoke to expect him to hit the eject seat button after this season and return to college before his stock continues to drop given the horrible roster he has in San Francisco.

"He just keeps running the same shit and it isn't fooling anybody," one NFL executive said. "Do you think they could bring him back to Oregon?"

Also, if Penn State falters, I'd expect the school to make a strong approach to Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak, a prominent alumnus and former NFL head coach. Seems like a good fit to me.

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Before joining CBS Sports, Jason La Canfora was the Washington Redskins beat writer for The Washington Post for six years and served as NFL Network's insider. The Baltimore native can be seen every Sunday... Full Bio

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