The subject of some far-fetched speculation, Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly on Thursday shot down any talk of him taking the vacant USC job.
“I’m the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles,” Kelly said, per CSN Philly. “I’m very, very excited to be here. I’m not entertaining anything like that. I’m here.”
The chances Kelly would've wound up at USC after just one year in the NFL are slim enough, and that's not even considering the 18-month show-cause penalty that'll follow him around through 2015. Among the other names thrown out there as potential replacements for Lane Kiffin in Los Angeles: Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin, Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio, Boise State head coach Chris Peterson and Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin.
For the immediate future, USC's guy is Ed Orgeron, who immediately opened practice to the media (Kiffin didn't allow that -- and neither does Brian Kelly at Notre Dame) and has already sworn in a positive culture change among the Trojans.
Orgeron may just be the interim coach, and USC will likely try to hit a home run after the season. But for now, it's no guarantee the same listless Trojans team will march into South Bend on Oct. 19.