Chip Kelly and the Florida Gators have reportedly reached an agreement in principle for the 53 year-old to take the vacant head football coach position. The bookie Twitter account, @IncarceratedBob was the first to report the news:
A lesser-known, less-followed Twitter account that covers the Gators also took to Twitter to drop some news:
Expect some HUGE news circling the #Gators around the time of the CFP Ranking show tonight.— GatorsCenter (@GatorsCenter) November 14, 2017
Florida’s offense has been absolutely abysmal since the departure of Tim Tebow. This season, they have continued that trend, ranking 113th in total offense, 77th in rushing offense, and 101st in passing offense.
The Gators’ problems can seemingly be traced to their quarterback play, as they have never had a starting QB start the entire season since Tebow led the team to a Sugar Bowl berth in 2009. (QB Jeff Driskel started every game besides the opener in 2012).
There were concerns over whether Florida would be able to hire Kelly after the show-cause penalty the NCAA put on him after he left Oregon, but the university has reportedly been given the OK to hire him with no penalty:
I’m now hearing that SEC commissioner has chosen to not stand in way of Florida hiring Chip Kelly if he is the school’s selection. Reporting with @biggamejames36.— Darren Heitner (@DarrenHeitner) November 14, 2017
This coaching hire feels somewhat like a home run for the Gators, as Kelly is an offensive guru that the university feels has what it takes to utilize the weapons that the Gators possess offensively. Prior to flopping in the NFL, Kelly coached the University of Oregon, compiling a 46-7 record and a national championship berth while coaching a Heisman-winning quarterback in Marcus Mariota and commanding one of the highest-powered offenses in the country.