Chip Kelly turns down the NFL … again


Chip Kelly is staying put. (Matt York / AP)

Chip Kelly has done it again.

Just as he did last year, the Oregon coach has devoted a great deal of time to the pursuit of an NFL job and decided that he’ll stay where he is, according to multiple reports. Kelly interviewed with the Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles and Buffalo Bills after the Ducks’ Fiesta Bowl victory last Thursday. A year ago, he interviewed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, then decided not to leave Eugene.

This year’s dalliance was filled with frothy reports: On Friday, he was on the verge of taking the Browns job; on Saturday, the Eagles looked like the front-runner; by Sunday, the Ducks were back in the picture.

Although Kelly has taken the Ducks to four straight BCS bowl-game appearances, remaining in Oregon means he’ll have to face possible NCAA sanctions over the school’s use of a recruiting service.

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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Cindy Boren · January 7, 2013