The Oregon Ducks and the San Francisco 49ers have high expectations for their football teams and both teams are struggling badly in 2016. Chip Kelly is another common bond, having coached at both places.
Many believe Kelly could eventually eye a return to college, and a logical landing spot would be Oregon, given Mark Helfrich's struggles in replacing Kelly after the Chipster left Oregon to coach the Eagles.
Making it even more interesting is a report from ESPN's Darren Rovell that Nike founder Phil Knight, the most famous Oregon alum, is getting antsy about the Ducks winning a title and wants to plop down $10 million per year for a new head coach.
There's talk heating up in Oregon that Phil Knight is ready to throw insane $10M+ a year money at a football coach. He's 78, wants a title.— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) November 5, 2016
Connect the dots and it's easy to see how Kelly could be a potential fit back at Oregon. He had a wild amount of success there and humans like money.
But according to a report from Adam Schefter of ESPN, Kelly is telling schools he's not interested in going back to college.
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.
There are plenty of dominoes yet to fall for college coaching searches. Depending on what happens at Texas and LSU, there could be some big-time NCAA openings.
It has to be at least intriguing for Kelly to hear about some grass that is greener than the 49ers' situation, where he has been stuck with a roster bereft of talent and a nightmare quarterback situation.
On the other hand, it's very possible Kelly will have a bigger role in shaping the San Francisco roster. And that sort of influence could be more attractive to him than trying to recruit a bunch of 18-year-olds back at Oregon.