Chip Kelly to SEC? Paul Finebaum dishes on behind-the-scenes conversation about coaching next season

If you’re mad at your team’s head coach right now, you’re probably talking with your buddies about how the program should drop him and hire Chip Kelly instead.

The former Oregon head coach is out there for the taking, if you can talk him into it. After a couple of failed stints in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers, Kelly is trying his hand at the media game working as a football analyst in-studio for ESPN on the weekends.

Guess who else spends his Sunday mornings in Bristol, Conn. at the Worldwide Leader? Everyone’s favor SEC talker– Paul Finebaum.

Finebaum made his weekly appearance on WJOX’s Opening Drive on Monday morning, and the topic of Chip Kelly came up while talking with former Alabama QB Jay Barker.

The radio conversation actually started about Alabama and how good Kelly believes they are right now.

“It’s funny. I was talking to Chip Kelly yesterday up at ESPN while we were in the greenroom today,” Finebaum said. “And [Kelly] said ‘Who do you think are the four best teams in the country?’ And I started running through them and he stopped me and said ‘No, I think you’re wrong.’ And it’s an old joke, but coming from a coach I think it’s even more interesting. He said: ‘I think Alabama’s first team is No. 1, Clemson is No. 2, Alabama’s second team is No. 3 and he kept on going.’ It’s a joke I’ve heard a thousand times in the [Bear] Bryant era, but in today’s current scholarship limitation world you don’t hear that anymore, but I think it’s true.”

But the conversation quickly turned to a chat about Finebaum’s insight into Kelly’s future in the world of coaching.

“You know, it’s an awkward kabuki dance every Sunday morning when I bump into him because I have the same response,” Finebaum said. “I said ‘Chip, I was in Knoxville yesterday and I saw a lot of signs with your name on it. Anything new?’ And he said ‘Haven’t gotten a call yet!’

“I’ve talked to him, and I don’t want to speak for him because I don’t know him that well… I think he clearly wants to coach. He’s up there every weekend studying college football and I do believe that he will be back very quickly.”

Kelly, now 53, has not coached in the college game since 2012. However, as the coaching rumor season begins, he’s likely to be the top choice on the list of many teams looking for a new head coach.

You can listen to the entire interview with Paul Finebaum here:

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