Philadelphia, PA, United States (4E Sports) – Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly denied reports that he’s a candidate for the vacant head coaching job at University of Texas, saying its “just speculation”.
“I understand you have to ask the question but I’m not involved in any jobs. I’m the coach of the Philadelphia Eagles,” Kelly said.
“I’m going to prepare for the Bears and prepare for the Cowboys after that. Hopefully we have an opportunity to go to the playoffs and I’m going to be here for a while,” he added.
Kelly was similarly linked to the vacant USC job earlier this season. “I really don’t know,” Kelly said. “I haven’t talked to anybody. It’s just speculation. I haven’t spoken to anybody.”
It was reported that Texas athletic director Steve Patterson has an “A-list” of coaches he would consider to replace Mack Brown, who announced his resignation Saturday.
Patterson’s list includes Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy but not Kelly. San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh and Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin also have been reported as candidates.
Harbaugh declined comment last week when asked about the reports, saying he doesn’t “ever talk about any jobs other than the one I have,” while NFL.com reported that a source close to Tomlin called the coach’s inclusion on Texas’ wish list “absurd.”
Kelly was the coach at Oregon for four seasons, compiling a 46-7 record. He turned down an offer to coach the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2012 but accepted the Eagles’ job in January, replacing Andy Reid.
The Eagles are 8-6 and in first place in the NFC East in Kelly’s rookie year in the league.