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Where is Chip Kelly? Find him on ESPN’s college football broadcasts in 2017

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He’s back in college ball. Sort of!

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Where’s Chip Kelly, the former Oregon, Eagles, and 49ers head coach?

In 2017, he’s a college football studio analyst for ESPN.

What does that job entail, and how can I watch him?

You’ll see a lot of Kelly during ESPN’s studio segments that get broadcasted before and after games, as well as at halftime. On Saturdays, he’ll be on ESPN2. He’ll also make SportsCenter appearances on Fridays and Sundays, according to the network.

Here he is, doing some high school work on the side:

Kelly isn’t coaching football? What fresh hell is this?

It’s definitely weird. Kelly’s been coaching football at some level or another every year since 1988, when he was the conditioning coach at Nevada. He won a ton of games and scored a ton of points at a lot of places, most notably when he went 46-7 in four years as the head coach at Oregon. His NFL results were mixed, but yeah.

Kelly was supposedly in play for a few jobs last offseason, when the 49ers fired him. He went 2-14 in 2016, his lone year in San Francisco. He was 26-21 in three years leading the Eagles before that, with a playoff appearance in his first year, 2013.

Cal firing Sonny Dykes looked intriguing for Kelly, as well. He even added that he wasn’t ruling anything out, leading some to believe that meant a return to college was possible.

But those roles were all filled without Kelly being named to one of them. Oregon landed Willie Taggart, LSU hired Matt Canada as its new OC, and Cal went with Wisconsin defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox as its next head man. After the Super Bowl, Kelly was even reported as a likely candidate to replace Kyle Shanahan in Atlanta, who replaced Kelly in San Fran.

When’s Kelly getting another coaching job?

Next year, I hope.

Is my team going to fire its coach after a 3-3 first half in the hopes of hiring Kelly?

It seems like a fine idea to me.

Where’s Kelly eventually going to land, once he returns?

Here are 16 potential destinations, ranked.