Sources: Chip Kelly won't go to NFL

Updated: January 7, 2013, 3:35 PM ET
By Adam Schefter | ESPN

Oregon coach Chip Kelly has decided to turn down a chance to go to the NFL and instead will return to the Ducks, according to league sources.

Kelly was intrigued with the Philadelphia Eagles' head-coaching job but decided he wasn't comfortable leaving the college game.

The Cleveland Browns interviewed Kelly last week, but the Browns decided to reboot their coaching search after leaving Arizona late Sunday morning without landing Kelly, sources said.

The Eagles and Browns are the only two NFL teams known to have interviewed Kelly.

Philadelphia took its coaching search committee to Denver to interview Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy on Sunday after a lengthy meeting with Kelly on Saturday night in Arizona.

Kelly has built the Ducks into a national power. Oregon has gone 46-7 in the past four years and made four consecutive BCS bowl games. Kelly runs a high-octane, fast-breaking offense, and elements of his schemes are already being used by New England and Washington.

Kelly may face NCAA sanctions in his return to Oregon as the school is being investigated for recruiting violations.

Information from ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen and The Associated Press was used in this report.

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