Chip Kelly: Texas Job Is 'Just Speculation,' Dismisses Report

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Wednesday, 18 Dec 2013 07:40 AM

By Clyde Hughes

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Philadelphia Eagles rookie coach Chip Kelly told ESPN Monday that his connection to the open job at the University of Texas is "just speculation."

Kelly, in his first year coaching Philadelphia, helped catapult the Eagles to an 8-6 record and is on verge of returning the team to the NFL playoffs with just two games left in the regular season. He is one year removed from his job at the University of Oregon.

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ESPN football analyst Chris Mortensen reported that Kelly is on Texas Athletic Director Steve Patterson's "A-list" of coaching candidates, which reportedly also includes the Seattle Seahawks' Pete Carroll and Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy.

"I understand you have to ask the question, but I'm not involved in any jobs (that are vacant)," Kelly said in his weekly press conference. "I'm the coach of the Philadelphia Eagles and I'm going to prepare for the Bears. We're going to prepare for the Cowboys after that. Hopefully, we have an opportunity to go to the playoffs and I plan to be here for a while."

Texas' current coach Mack Brown announced Saturday that he will resign after the Longhorns play Oregon in the Alamo Bowl Dec. 30.

ESPN reported that it was the second time Kelly's name was mentioned in connection to a college football coach search. His name was also floated earlier this year when there was a vacancy at the University of Southern California.

When asked why his name has been brought up, Kelly simply responded: "I really don't know. I haven't talked to anybody. It's just speculation. I haven't spoken to anybody."

Kelly built a 46-7 record at Oregon in his four seasons as coach and turned down a coaching offer from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2012 before replacing Andy Reid in Philadelphia this season.

Brown's status at Texas has produced one of the hottest rumor mills in college football this season. Nick Saban, who coaches the defending national champion team in Alabama, is also reportedly a lead candidate for the job.

Brown has a 158-47 record at Texas as coach, only second in wins to the late legendary  Darrell Royal, who won 167 games over 20 seasons. But he was 30-20 in the past four seasons, and 19-17 in Big 12 games.

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