On a podcast released this week by FOX Sports, college football reporters Bruce Feldman and Stewart Mandel speculated about the current state of head coach Chip Kelly with the Philadelphia Eagles and the possibility of the coach returning to college if the situation sours further in the pros.
As a pure exercise in speculation, Mandel threw out the idea of where Kelly could land if he went back to the college game.
“What would be the most fun situation?” he asked Feldman.
Feldman answered with the following argument, transcribed in full, considering the current situation at Maryland.
“I’ll give you a scenario. It’s not going to happen, but [Under Armour CEO] Kevin Plank says to Chip Kelly, ‘I will give you part of the company if you come take over my program [at Maryland]. I have the most listless head coach right now. We can’t score a point. Just not even that far of a drive. Just drive down I-95, whatever it is. I know [ESPN anchor and Maryland alumnus] Scott Van Pelt will endorse it.’
“That would be, again, the downsides with that -- and I don’t think this part would scare Chip Kelly -- the Maryland job is a tough job. It’s got some good resources around it, you’re in an area where there’s some recruits.
“The problem is, you’re probably the fifth-best football school in the division you’re in. Both Michigan schools, clearly Ohio State, you know, Penn State. Even Penn State coming out of the sanctions it’s still, you know, Maryland’s five in there.”
“[Big Ten commissioner] Jim Delany would be thrilled,” Mandel interjected.
“Oh, I think that would be great,” Feldman replied. “You put him in that division with Urban Meyer, Mark Dantonio, Jim Harbaugh, and James Franklin? That would trump anything the SEC could do. Now, look, that’s a long shot happening. I heard it. I just conjured it up in the last 10 minutes.”
Mandel threw out other scenarios: USC, Texas, and Notre Dame.
“All I was throwing out was if Kevin Plank decided, hey, I’m going to give you $10 million a year. It’s not my money," Feldman said. "It’s Kevin’s, so it’s OK.”