After spurning SEC, Chip Kelly credits David Cutcliffe for helping him find right fit

Chip Kelly was introduced as UCLA’s coach Monday, ending a dramatic courtship for the coach’s services.

The former Oregon and NFL coach reportedly received heavy consideration from Florida. He also reportedly turned down interest from Tennessee.

During Kelly’s introduction as the Bruins coach, he dropped Duke coach David Cutcliffe’s name as someone who helped him handle a year away from coaching and finding the right fit. Interestingly, Cutcliffe has deep SEC ties. He was a longtime assistant at Tennessee and Ole Miss’ head coach before arriving at Duke before the 2008 season.

It’s interesting to hear about Cutcliffe’s influence on Kelly. Clearly, Cutcliffe made a big impact on the coach, even perhaps helping Kelly choose the West Coast as a next stop after Kelly’s time as an ESPN analyst.

For what it’s worth, Cutcliffe has reportedly come up as a possibility at Tennessee after the Greg Schiano fallout Sunday.

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