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After a three-game losing streak, including two blowout losses, the Philadelphia Eagles have a 4-7 overall record. Head coach Chip Kelly, who made numerous changes on both sides of the ball during the offseason, is currently on the hot seat.

Some would think that Kelly should stick his tail between his legs and go back to coach in the collegiate ranks, where he posted a 46-7 overall record at the University of Oregon.

As NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports, prior to hiring interim head coach Clay Helton to a multi-year contract, the University of Southern California contacted Kelly about possibly coaching the Trogans.

On Monday, Kelly spoke with the media for the first time since the Eagles 45-14 loss to the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving Day.

"I have never spoken to anybody from USC, I have never emailed anybody from USC," Kelly said, "never had a phone call with anybody from USC, never had any contact with anybody from USC," Kelly said via Elliot Shorr-Parks of

According to FootballScoop, the meeting between Kelly and USC occurred in Philadelphia on Friday.

"I wasn't in Philadelphia on Friday, so that's wrong," Kelly said. "I haven't met with them, I haven't talked with them, I haven't had any conversations with them." 

This isn't the first time that Kelly has had to publically counter such reports.

"I am not involved in any college jobs," he said. "I've said it before. The same thing happened a year ago with Florida. I have great respect for all of those schools."

Kelly has two years remaining on a five-year contract with Philadelphia.

"I can't control what is written," Kelly said. "I've been totally committed since I got here on Jan. 16, 2013 and that hasn't changed."

Kelly also noted that these rumors aren't taking very seriously by players in the locker room.

"A lot of times we just chuckle and's kind of sad that everyone can just write whatever they want or say whatever they want, and it's taken as truth," he said. "It's the world we live in. But if you sit there everyday and combat everything that comes out, you are wasting your time."

Michael Malia is a contributing intern for Eagledelphia. Follow him on Facebook (Michael Malia) or Twitter @Michael_Malia.


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