It's official: Chip Kelly is NOT going to be the new head coach at the University of Southern California. The USC Trojans hired interim head coach Clay Helton as their new permanent leader.
OFFICIAL: Clay Helton named permanent USC head coach by athletic director Pat Haden. #FightOn— USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) November 30, 2015
USC reportedly showed interest in Kelly before making a final decision on Helton.
#USC announces they're hiring former interim Clay Helton as their full-time coach. They had touched base with Chip Kelly, then made the move— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 30, 2015
Kelly has publicly downplayed his interest in returning to the college ranks several times now. The fact that he would turn down an offer from a big program like USC seems to confirm he plans on sticking around in the NFL, for now at least.
UPDATE: More details on Kelly turning down USC.
Source tells FootballScoop USC officials met w Chip in Philly (believe it was Friday). Chip likes the league life https://t.co/sNnVtycOD5— FootballScoop Staff (@FootballScoop) November 30, 2015