For the first time since the 1980s, Chip Kelly won't be coaching in 2017.
He'll be in the ESPN studio after agreeing to a deal that will feature him as a prominent college football analyst who will also contribute on the NFL side.
And while it's a multi-year deal, it's tough to envision one of the most innovative minds in recent football history sitting out too much longer. That mind built Oregon into a powerhouse from 2009-12 before Kelly jumped to the NFL.
The results weren't as glamorous there.
He began his NFL career with the Philadelphia Eagles with a pair of 10-win seasons, but frustration built following some questionable personnel moves and internal tension. He was canned before the end of the 2015 season, posting a 6-9 mark on his way out the door.
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He got a second shot in San Francisco, but that was a disaster from the start. It ended after one year with a 2-14 mark and another hefty buyout.
Despite the failed NFL stints, Kelly will be an intriguing name to follow this fall. Proven championship-caliber college coaches are rarely free agents.
Market-setting offshore sportsbook BookMaker.eu has released odds on Kelly's occupation for 2018, and there's a clear-cut favorite.
NCAA Coach -200 (risk $200 to gain $100)
Media Analyst +185 (risk $100 to gain $185)
NFL Coach +750
BookMaker spokesman Scott Cooley said he couldn't provide odds for which college program would be the favorite to land Kelly at this point, but did mention Notre Dame as an intriguing option.
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Notre Dame is also one of the programs that Tom Fornelli of CBS Sports mentioned as a possible 2018 destination for Kelly.
UCLA, Arizona State, Arizona, Tennessee, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Auburn, Ole Miss and California are other programs that could consider making a run at him, pending 2017 results.
Kelly certainly has flaws and question marks.
But there's some rich recent history with NFL coaches, even failed ones, returning to the collegiate level and having success. Steve Spurrier, Pete Carroll and Nick Saban all had success after mediocre-at-best NFL stints.
Programs that has fallen behind the likes of Alabama, Clemson and Ohio State might be eager to see if Kelly can recreate his Oregon success somewhere else.