Expect Kelly to be keeping his feelers out to get back into the Coaching Game.
The network announced Friday that Kelly would serve as an analyst for its college football coverage in 2017.
Kelly, 53, primarily will be part of Saturday's college pregame, halftime and wrap-up shows on ESPN2. Kelly, a coach with almost 30 years of experience at multiple levels of football, will also appear on SportsCenter on Fridays and Sundays offering insight to college and NFL games.
Prior to landing with the Worldwide Leader, Kelly finished his National Football League coaching career with a 26-21 record, including a disappointing 2-14 performance in his lone season at the helm of the 49ers.
His two-win campaign past year with the 49ers led to his firing at the end of the season, though most fans seemed to focus their anger more on general manager Trent Baalke, who also was ousted. He spent the previous 22 seasons coaching in the college ranks, most notably at OR where his teams went 46-7 from 2009-12 and reached the 2010 national championship game. He was also named the Associated Press' Coach of the Year.
"Over the last 30 years, I have experienced football from one perspective - as a coach", Kelly said in his statement. I had various opportunities in both. In the meantime, this actually might make me more likely to catch some ESPN coverage to hear what the former head coach has to say.
It's not surprising to see that Kelly hasn't landed a new coaching job given the way he's flamed out recently. We have seen Urban Meyer - who worked at ESPN between his gigs at Florida and Ohio State - and Rich Rodriguez - who worked at CBS Sports Network between his jobs at MI and Arizona - both use television as a sort of one-year buffer before jumping back into the fray. May. Working in television will allow me to see the game from a different perspective, but I didnt take the job with the intention it will lead to something specific.
Kelly will fill an opening left by Butch Davis, who became head coach at Florida International. Kelly has always been an exceptional football mind, even if Eagles and 49ers fans would beg to differ. His up-tempo spread offenses dominated defenses and were mimicked by teams all over the country.
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