Kelly decides to stay at Oregon and not accept the Eagles offer
By Anthony Caruso III
Posted: January 7th, 2013 at 12:39 am EST
Oregon Ducks head football coach Chip Kelly is staying put.
He has decided not to accept the Philadelphia Eagles head coaching position. On Sunday morning, it was reported that he was no longer being considered for the Cleveland Browns head coaching position.
Kelly has been like former NFL quarterback Brett Favre, as the two have been known as a waffler in terms of staying or going. This is the second straight year that Kelly has been close to signing on as an NFL head coach.
Last season, he was a favorite to be named the Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach. The job would eventually go to Greg Schaino, the former Rutgers Scarlet Knights head coach, after Kelly withdrew him name from consideration.
But Oregon booster and Nike co-founder Phil Knight has thrown more money his way to keep him in the great Northwest. It is not known how much more money Kelly will get from Knight by staying, and the school hasn’t released a press release stating that Kelly is staying.
Kelly is 46-7 as the Oregon head coach since 2009. He has also won two straight BCS games.
Kelly was promoted to head coach on March 31st, 2009 when his former boss Mike Bellotti was promoted to Athletic Director.
In his first season, he became the first Pac-10 head coach to win the outright Conference Championship in his first season. With the Conference Championship in hand, the team advanced to their first Rose Bowl since 1995.
He also received Pac-10 Coach of the Year in 2009. Rich Brooks, who won the award twice, is the only other Ducks coach to win the award.
The Ducks faced Auburn in the 2010 BCS National Championship, before losing to the Tigers 22-19. The game came down to a 19-year-old field goal by Tigers kicker Wes Bryant.
After going 12-2 and a 4th place finish in 2011, the Ducks went 12-1 and finished second in the 2012 rankings. It was the third straight season that the Ducks finished in the Top 5.
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