Just after 9:00 am local time Wednesday morning ESPN and on-air reporters Chris Mortensen and Adam Shefter broke the news that Oregon head coach Chip Kelly will be named as the Philadelphia Eagles new head coach.
Nearly 10 days ago, sources around Kelly confirmed the four year Duck head coach was returning to Oregon to coach in the 2013 season.
Oddly enough, when those reports circulated, Kelly himself never released an official statement or held a press conference to confirm he’d be returning to Oregon.
On January 7th, Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens held a press conference telling reporters Kelly contacted him and assured him he was indeed remaining in Eugene.
After Oregon’s recent Fiesta Bowl win over Kansas State, Kelly remained in Phoenix to interview with the Cleveland Browns, Buffalo Bills and the Eagles. After the interviews, the Browns and Eagles both confirmed their attention to hiring another coaching candidate would move to a new direction – both saying they felt Kelly was reluctant to leave the Ducks.
In his press conference announcing Kelly was remaining at Oregon, Mullens told reporters he was ecstatic about Kelly’s decision.
He did exactly what he said he would do,” Mullens explained to reporters.
“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.”
“Obviously, we’re ecstatic that Coach Kelly decided to remain at the University of Oregon,” Mullens continued. ”We’ve had unprecedented success over the last four years and that’s a tribute to his innovative style.”
Kelly has led Oregon to four consecutive BCS bowls and four consecutive double digit win seasons. In 2009, Kelly led Oregon to a 10-3 record losing to Ohio State in the Rose Bowl. In 2010, the Ducks went 12-1 and lost to Auburn in the BCS National Championship game.
In 2011, Kelly and the Ducks returned to the Rose Bowl with a 12-2 record and a win over Wisconsin. And this year, the Ducks ended their season with just one loss ( 12-1 ) and a 35-17 win over Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl
No official word has been released from Kelly or the University of Oregon football program as of 9:30 Wednesday morning. We expect more news later in the day.