Chip Not Listening To USC ‘Banter’


Put together a 1-3 start for the Eagles and an opening at USC, and what you get is speculation.

Some national pundits see Kelly as a top candidate for the Southern Cal gig. At least one is wondering aloud whether the former Oregon coach is cut out for the pros.

On Thursday, Kelly was asked about the back-to-college buzz.

“I’m the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. I’m very, very excited to be here,” said Kelly. “No entertaining anything like that. I’m here.”

Even if Kelly was so moved to dart back to the college ranks, there are a couple potential obstacles. One is the 18-month show cause penalty he was hit with for violating NCAA rules while with the Ducks. The new school would have to appear before the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions and explain why he should be allowed to be their head coach. And the university would be subject to serious penalties if Kelly were to break any rules while there. It is a deterrent, and might not be very appealing to a program that has dealt with its share of sanctions in recent years.

Then there is Kelly’s contract. He inked a five-year, $32.5 million deal in January. Asked if Kelly’s contract contains any language that would allow him to go back to being a college coach if he decides the NFL isn’t for him, owner Jeffrey Lurie responded: “We constructed the contract exactly the way we wanted to construct it as an organization. I can’t go into the details, but Chip was willing to go along exactly how we wanted the contract to be.”

In other words, it’s unlikely that Kelly would be able to leave the Eagles after one year without any repercussions.

That won’t stop the rumor mill from churning, especially if the experiment on the pro level does not show signs of progress. But the organization is confident that Kelly will not be distracted by the noise.

“Chip is our head coach and paying no attention to the national banter around this topic,” said president Don Smolenski. “His focus is on the Giants. And, next week, it will be on the Buccaneers. And the week after that Dallas…”


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  • BrickSquadMonopoly

    Pointless to talk about. This should be a topic on a Giants blog.

  • Token

    If this season goes the way it looks like it might go, Dont be shocked if hes gone people.

    I think the odds are higher than you may think. Its not everyday two of the great college jobs are open and willing to throw money around.

    • macadood

      i think the eagles will be ok. we have a nice easy stretch now to win a few games back. it is a rebuilding year, everyone knew that going in to it so, there is no way that chip will be let go or leave just because of one bad season that was set out to be bad(ish) from the beginning.

      and keep in mind last season the eagles were 3-1 at this point. things can change quickly in the NFL.

    • theycallmerob

      Except for the fact that it runs counter to his core belief system. Chip has been preaching a system science-based coaching model since his start. His builds programs. UNH and Oregon. Both took years. He sees it as a chem lab.
      There is nothing more he wants than to rebuild the Eagles in his system. Succeeding in the NFL is like his nobel prize.

    • jon h

      Will be interesting to see what (if anything) happens to Howie, especially if the Browns and CHiefs continue to make significant progress. It may demonstrate that he is more of an issue than Banner and Reid. Whether that’s true or not is irrelevant, but the perception of it could become a big concern in the eyes of Eagles’ fans.

  • BleedGreenJames

    I like Kendricks, and I think he can be good LB for us, but man, it’s BRUTAL knowing Bobby Wagner was the pick right after him. Kinda brings back nightmares…

    PHI – 13. Brandon Graham
    SEA – 14. Earl Thomas