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Chip Kelly considers offers from Florida, UCLA; turns down Tennessee

Chip Kelly considers offers from Florida, UCLA; turns down Tennessee

The competition for Chip Kelly is down to two candidates as UCLA representatives met with Kelly on Tuesday, according to media reports, and the former OR head coach is now expected to decide between the Bruins and Florida this week, ESPN reported. Officials returned Sunday night without a deal in place to make him the Gators' next head coach to replace McElwain, who was sacked on October 29. He served as an ESPN college football analysts this fall.

According to long-time Knoxville reporter Jimmy Hyams and Trey Wallace of the Read Optional, John Currie never offered Kelly.

The Los Angeles Times reported Kelly met with a contingent of athletics officials from UCLA as the Bruins look to replace Jim Mora Jr., who was sacked on Sunday.

So did Tennessee offer Chip Kelly or not?

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ESPN's Mark Schlabach reports Kelly met with UCLA days after the Bruins fired Jim Mora and is expected to decide between that job and the Florida Gators. However, Kelly is 44-5 at the collegiate level during the regular season and 46-7 as a whole. Kelly's best success as a head coach came in the PAC 12 with OR, where he won three conference titles and went 46-7. Would he favor a return to the West Coast where, even though he's a New Hampshire native, he found the most success he's had as a head coach?

Kelly then coached the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles to a 26-21 record over three seasons before being fired with one game remaining in the 2015 season.

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