He had his chance, but Oregon Ducks head coach Chip Kelly will stay at Oregon. ESPN’s NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported the news late Sunday night:
Chip Kelly turned down a chance to go to the NFL and to returned to Oregon, according to sources. Considered Eagles but stayed at Oregon.—
Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 07, 2013
Kelly interviewed with the Eagles for over 9 hours on Saturday, just one day after seeming to lean towards the Browns. His long interview with Jeffrey Lurie made the Eagles seem like his No. 1 destination, but once again it seems he’s changed his mind and returned to Oregon where he’s gone 46-7 in four seasons.
It is speculation, but many believe Kelly received a pay raise from his Oregon administration and that is part of the reason he is staying in college, while others, including CSN’s Reuben Frank, believe he was apprehensive about joining the NFL and meeting the same fate as Nick Saban or Steve Spurrier.
The Eagles went ahead with their interview of Mike McCoy on Sunday and still have interest in Bruce Arians and Gus Bradley for their head coaching position.