Thanks to the Alabama Crimson Tide losing to Texas A&M on Saturday, the Oregon Ducks have a better chance than ever to make their way into the BCS National Championship game. If the Ducks make the championship and find a way to capture the title, it could be the final game that head coach Chip Kelly leads the Ducks onto the field.
“It’s just inevitable that he will eventually be in the NFL,” Bellotti told Dennis Dodd of CBS.
“Chip is one of the ultimate competitors and he sees that. It actually surprised me he changed his mind [with the Bucs] last year. Whether they get to the national championship and whether they win the national championship, I don’t know. To think he’ll stay there when ultimately his idea of top jobs is to get to the Super Bowl, it won’t happen, unfortunately, at the college level.”
Another source told CBS Sports, “There are nine chances in 10 if he wins out [this season] he’s gone.”
Last season, Kelly considered entering the NFL ranks with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but ultimately returned to Oregon to finish what he started. Once he secures a national title, Kelly would have accomplished everything he set out to do at the college level so the jump to the NFL would make sense.
Kelly is currently 48-years-old and remains one of the hottest NFL head coach options out there. Regardless of whether Oregon wins the national title this season or not, Kelly will be fielding a lot of calls from NFL squads this offseason.