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Oregon AD: ‘we’re thrilled’ Kelly will remain with Ducks

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ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported late Sunday night that Oregon coach Chip Kelly would not be pursuing a job in the NFL, but instead returning to the Ducks for a fifth season.

Via the Eugene Register-Guard on Monday, UO athletic director Rob Mullens confirmed what was already believed to be true.

“He [Kelly] did exactly what he said he would do,” Mullens told the paper. “He would talk, he’d gather all the information, he’d reflect and he’d make a decision. And that’s exactly what he did. I appreciate the way he handled it. He kept me in the loop the entire time, and I was pleased to get the call (Sunday night).”

Kelly reportedly began interviewing with NFL teams after last week’s Fiesta Bowl win over Kansas State, including the Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns and the Philadelphia Eagles. Though Kelly appeared to be close to signing a deal with the Browns, none of the interviews panned out and Kelly walked away from the NFL for the second year in a row.

Of course, it’s likely Kelly’s name will come up again in the NFL coaching search next year. And maybe the year after that.

“If that happens, it happens,” Mullens said. “The reality is, when you’re 46-7 in four years, you’re going to draw a lot of attention. … If we’re winning 11, 12, 13, 14 games, it’s something we’ll deal with.”

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12 Responses to “Oregon AD: ‘we’re thrilled’ Kelly will remain with Ducks”
  1. jimbo75025 says: Jan 7, 2013 10:59 PM

    “Of course, it’s likely Kelly’s name will come up again in the NFL coaching search next year. And maybe the year after that.”

    Only if/when Jerry Jones changes coaches. Those guys that everyone mentions ever year (Cowher, Gruden, etc) but never seem to take a job eventually see their phones stop ringing.

  2. geraldthecat says: Jan 7, 2013 11:12 PM

    Road kill for the sec champ next year

  3. dallasstars9 says: Jan 7, 2013 11:39 PM

    The “duh” quote of the day.

  4. melikefootball says: Jan 7, 2013 11:48 PM

    Good for Chip and the Ducks. They sure are fun to watch when on TV here in the East.

  5. hahapapa says: Jan 8, 2013 12:01 AM

    They should have kept his ass out the door.. Only a matter of time now, 2 years of teasing. Be done with him.

  6. crazyfootballfun says: Jan 8, 2013 12:03 AM

    why is it teasing to consider other options? Chip didn’t drag it out..he looked, listened, made an informed decision. Sorry, papa…whoever your team is..you don’t get Chip.

  7. hahapapa says: Jan 8, 2013 12:39 AM

    Don’t want Chip.

  8. thefiesty1 says: Jan 8, 2013 12:44 AM

    Obviously Nike has more money than the NFL or he would be gone. After flirting for two straight years the NFL will stop calling.

  9. strauhal says: Jan 8, 2013 2:03 AM

    Gerald the cat, please post your physical address on your next post so I can come and kick your tushie. (Moron).

  10. chiefmac64 says: Jan 8, 2013 2:28 AM

    Hey it’s great Chip is staying at Oregon. That way he can help them thru those pending NCAA sanctions for repeated, multiple recruiting violations.

  11. lbijake says: Jan 8, 2013 9:42 AM

    Just how much money does Nike have?

  12. kozbee says: Jan 8, 2013 12:42 PM

    If it looks like a duck,walks like a duck and quacks like a Duck then i wish Kelly the best.

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