Entering Mon, Chip Kelly was entrenched seeing that a name to know in Florida’s coaching search, and there have been shreds of news linking him to the work. Those were mostly limited to heavy conjecture on social media.
Monday was when multiple outlets reported he was a candidate appearing vetted by Florida admins. But there hasn’t been a lot of anything in the way of public-facing hard news, outside of very busy internet comment sections.
The dumbest part about covering coaching searches is you practically work all day around the clock then it’s 6 p.m. and you know you haven’t basically written a story all day long. – Thomas Goldkamp (@ThomasGoldkamp) November 14, 2017
On Tuesday, Florida public media went wild.
The chase on Tuesday had everything, including a selfie by AD Scott Stricklin to either throw people from the scent or merely have fun with the process.
Rumors have been swirling on public media that Stricklin was headed to meet up former Oregon head instructor and recent ESPN analyst Chip Kelly on Tuesday. Fans possibly recognized a plane that was planned to travel from Gainesville to Windsor Locks, Connecticut on FlightAware.com. Windsor Locks may be the location of the airport often used by people planing a trip to ESPN headquarters. Of training course, it’s unclear if Kelly was possibly at ESPN’s campus on Tuesday. Until he shared his selfie, it was also unclear where Stricklin was this afternoon.
Just finished talking with sports admin class about @UF campus. Engaging group … they asked good problems! #GoGators pic.twitter.com/beihL2haUf – Scott Stricklin (@ScottStricklin) November 14, 2017
Inherent to this is also the fallacy of using FlightAware for coaching rumor sleuthing.
You may wonder why Gators ‘re going this crazy over a coach who just failed twice in the NFL.
The longtime college offense innovator fits not simply what this program wants, but what it needs.
Florida’s fanbase is intoxicated by criminal offense, almost to a fault. At fault are people like Steve Spurrier, Danny Wuerffel, Tim Tebow, and Urban Meyer. When Florida offers won, it has been with an unpleasant identity. Consult Will Muschamp and Jim McElwain what happens when you lose along with doing this in as ugly a way possible.
Spurrier piloted this program to a good Orange Bowl berth in 1966 as a good quarterback. He gained the Heisman and led the workforce to a 9-2 record (the second time in the program’s history the Gators had gained that many games). There wasn’t much more success before violation-ravaged late 1980s gave approach to Spurrier’s come back in 1990. From there, Florida torched scoreboards on the way to one national name and six SEC titles. He was a vanguard of the onward pass in the SEC.
When Urban Meyer found village in 2005, he brought his own ingenuity in the type of a modern propagate. Behind a motivational-speaking, battering-ram QB, the Gators again asserted national prominence, with criminal offense as the celebrity. Florida won two more championships with Tebow.
Defenders Wilber Marshall and Jack Youngblood are in the school’s band of honor, but don’t resonate just like the signal-callers, three of whom experience statues beyond Florida’s stadium.
Another reason these rumors really can remove: Kelly does not have any need to deny them.
Scott Frost, Dan Mullen, and basically everybody else the Gators would want to target currently have teams to coach.
Most of other big jobs haven’t opened yet. Florida will get a jump on the competition, and with Kelly, wouldn’t need to worry about clearing hoops. It can just contact Kelly up and speak freely. It lessens the amount of cooks in your kitchen because there’s not another school to handle, just Kelly and his representation.
Our Florida web log, Alligator Army, explains what Kelly appearing hired means to the Florida method from a perception standpoint.
Kelly may be the No. 1 applicant of frustrated Florida lovers, 2010-present and also Alligator Army’s all-period Florida wide receivers instructor. His Oregon offenses revolutionized college football in ways very similar to Spurrier’s offenses revolutionizing the SEC, and his Ducks were cool and arrogant with techniques that harkened back to Spurrier’s halcyon days, too. There are many Florida fans who look at Chip Kelly as a squatter Steve Spurrier with fewer visor tosses
The Ducks were competent on security, even bordering on excellent the entire year they visited the national title game in 2010 2010. While that scoring security rated 12th nationally and the points-per-play security ranked 11th, enough time of possession was 106th, because of an offense that ran at breakneck speed.
Kelly was viewed as an offensive savant at Oregon, and that reputation did suffer a handful of dings in the NFL. But should he finish up being Florida’s mind coach, he more than wins the press conference, and he’s a name that makes rival fans jealous.
This is simply not an up-and-coming assistant or a head coach who’s done a good job at the Group of 5 level. This can be a man who emerged within a field goal of winning a national championship.
That hope of Florida fans is is what fuels a day like Tuesday.