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Report: Florida will contact Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly


University of Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley will contact Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly this week to gauge his interest in coaching the Gators, CBS Philly's Marc Farzetta reports.

Florida is seeking to replace Will Muschamp, who was dismissed on Nov. 16 after going 28-21 in four seasons. He was allowed to finish the regular season but will not coach the team in a bowl game. 

"Foley does not plan to officially interview Kelly yet, but will simply gauge Kelly’s interest and make his first pitch," a source told Farzetta.

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Kelly is currently in his second season in the NFL after serving as the head coach at Oregon from 2009 to 2012. Kelly had a 46-7 record with the Ducks and qualified for a BCS bowl in each of his four seasons. 

The Eagles are currently in first place in the NFC East at 9-3. In Kelly's first year with the team, Philadelphia won the NFC East but lost in the first round of the NFL postseason. 

Yahoo's Pat Forde reported Sunday that Colorado State's Jim McElwain is a "leading candidate" to take over the Gators. Florida was also reported to be interested in Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze, but Florida denied that report

- Dan Gartland