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Heitner: Chip Kelly could be hired by end of week

The old adage goes, where there is smoke, there is fire. That appears to be especially true in regards to Chip Kelly and the vacant Florida football head coach position.

Last Thursday, Marc Ryan of 98.7 FM in Tampa tweeted the following:

This set off a firestorm of responses through the Twitter-verse, some favorable and some not so favorable. By Saturday morning, the Florida head coach prop bet had been taken off the books by all Las Vegas (and online) sports books.

Well, on Monday Darren Heitner of The Sports Agent Blog, tweeted that Chip Kelly is the leading candidate for the Florida job, stating that UF prefers a candidate without ties to agent Jimmy Sexton (Jim McElwain’s agent).

If Heitner’s report is true, it appears that Florida will have a new head coach by the end of the week. Kelly would have the opportunity to start recruiting right away, giving Florida the chance to maintain a 2018 class that ranks #8 nationally.

Kelly went 46-7 at Oregon before being hired by the Philadelphia Eagles. Kelly is known for his up-tempo offense, something Florida fans would enjoy seeing employed in Gainesville.

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