According to Chip Kelly, a report that he’s not lying is true.

The first-year 49ers coach told reporters on Monday that the ESPN item regarding his lack of interest in returning to college football is correct. Which makes sense, because Kelly has consistently said that.

But Kelly disputed Adam Schefter’s claim that “[c]olleges that privately have made overtures to Kelly’s representatives have been told in no uncertain terms that Kelly is not interested in going back to school.”

“I don’t have any representatives that are telling anybody anything,” Kelly said. “I haven’t talked to a college since I’ve been in the NFL and that’s not my goal. My goal is to be the head coach of the 49ers and that’s what I want to do. So, I don’t know why that’s a new — it surprises me that that continues to be a new story. It’s been the same story since I left four years ago. So, I’m not looking to go back and that’s what I’ve always said. So, I don’t know why it’s still a story.”

Kelly suggested that he explored no college opportunities after being fired by the Eagles because “I think when you get done in the NFL season, when we get done in late January, there’s really not any jobs open at the college level.” But Kelly was fired in the middle of December, which put him in play for college jobs. It’s possible that no one called, at least not from a major college program.