If, as expected, the Philadelphia Eagles let go of head coach Andy Reid at the end of the season, they are expected to make a hard push to land Oregon head coach Chip Kelly to replace Reid.
CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reported Sunday that the Eagles are expected to target Kelly quickly, and that he could soon become the favorite for the position. La Canfora reported that Kelly is “expected to make the jump” from Oregon to the NFL because of possible sanctions that could be coming to the university’s football program.
The NCAA investigated Oregon after questions about a 2010 payment of $25,000 to Willie Lyles and his Houston-based recruiting service. Lyles was involved with a player from Texas who committed to Oregon.
Kelly flirted with the possibility of becoming the Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach after last season, but he ultimately backed out after almost agreeing to a deal, saying he had “unfinished business to complete” at Oregon. The Ducks will finish out their season Jan. 3 in the Fiesta Bowl against Kansas State.
The 49-year-old Kelly is considered one of the brightest offensive minds in college football. In four seasons as Oregon’s head coach, he has a record of 45-7. He has led the Ducks to four consecutive BCS bowl games, including the 2010 BCS National Championship game.