Despite vast speculation about his future in Tallahassee and rumors swirling of him departing for another job, Florida State defensive coordinator Charles Kelly has made the decision to stay on FSU's staff for the foreseeable future, per FootballScoop.com.
Kelly reportedly received multiple offers from Auburn to be its new defensive coordinator, a position vacated by Will Muschamp when he accepted the head coaching job at South Carolina.
Kelly arrived at Florida State in 2013, serving as the linebackers and special teams coach for FSU's national-championship season before earning a promotion to defensive coordinator for the 2014 season. This past season, Kelly was responsible for the No. 5 defense in the country after losing four players from the 2014 defense who were all drafted in the first three rounds of April's NFL Draft.
With the question now becoming why Kelly chose Florida State over his alma mater, Auburn, one very possible reason is the amount of talent returning for Florida State defensively in 2016. The Seminoles will return as many as seven starters on next year's defense (five or six is a more likely estimate) and have even more talent arriving in the form of their 2016 recruiting class.