Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Mortensen: Kelly headed to the NFL
By Kevin Gemmell
ESPN.com's Chris Mortensen is reporting that Oregon head coach Chip Kelly will not be returning to the Ducks in 2013 and that he will be the new head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. After numerous flirtations with a few NFL teams a couple of weeks ago -- including the Eagles -- Kelly opted to bypass the NFL for at least another season. Or so we thought.
There was no news conference or formal announcement on the part of Kelly that he'd be back with the Ducks. Rather, he simply didn't accept any of the NFL positions and it was the belief that he'd be back on the Oregon sideline for another season.
The Eagles had interviewed Kelly early in the search for a replacement for longtime coach Andy Reid, talking to the coach in Arizona after the Ducks' 35-17 Fiesta Bowl victory over Kansas State.
But sources had told ESPN after the meeting that Kelly had decided to stay at Oregon. The school never made an official announcement regarding Kelly's employment with the team, however.
In four seasons as Oregon's coach, Kelly amassed a 46-7 record and went to four straight BCS bowl games -- winning the Rose Bowl last year and the Fiesta Bowl this season. Oregon finished ranked No. 2 in the AP and coaches' polls for 2012.
More to come on this story.