By Theodore N. Beitchman
The local lame-ass media — Marcus Hayes, Phil Sheridan (talk about adding by subtracting — when the Inky lost him they added first-rate Mike Sielski!) and Michael Barkann, who never met a word he could simply utter instead of SCREEEEEEEEAAAAAAAMING!, want Chip Kelly gone.
Too bad, guys.
He’s staying and he will take the Eagles to the Super Bowl.
Maybe not this year or next.
But soon, which will eat away at the above-captioned threesome’s credibility.
But if he does upset the applecart and decides to leave, CBSSports.com’s Dennis Dodd makes a reasonable case for where he will go:
Kelly is the top candidate for the vacant USC job until he says he isn’t.
If his NFL career devolves into some sort of Spurrier-esque dalliance, then Chipper is a perfect fit. Even if Kelly wins nine games this year, he’d have to at least seriously consider the opportunity.
He knows the territory in the Pac-12 and would inherit that talent-rich Southern California recruiting territory, the one he had to fly two hours to reach while at Oregon.
If it hasn’t happened already, there will be influential boosters/administration who will at least gauge Kelly’s level of interest. USC has to, doesn’t it? (Though the school’s track record for due diligence isn’t great lately.)
Kelly will want to know who the athletic director is going to be which may accelerate the scrutiny on Haden. As for the spread coming to Troy: Never mind the program’s pro-style leanings. You want to win, don’t you?