According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Chip Kelly will decide to return to the University of Oregon for the 2013 season. Kelly led the Ducks to a Fiesta Bowl win and then remained in Arizona to explore his options of coaching in the NFL. Kelly met with officials from the Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles and the Buffalo Bills. Ultimately, Kelly decided to remain in Oregon.
His decision is especially damning to the Cleveland Browns, a team which seemingly went all in for Kelly. Cleveland also missed out on another coaching prospect, Doug Marrone. The Browns reportedly interviewed Marrone twice but the Syracuse head coach ultimately chose to remain in the State of New York, opting for the Buffalo Bills coaching job.
The NFL landscape might never know the reason Kelly chose to remain in Oregon. Perhaps his demands were too high. Perhaps he requested too much power. Or, did the teams he interviewed with not have the proper personnel for him to run a version of his high octane offense?
This decision should delight Ducks fans.
This is now the second season that Kelly has been courted by the NFL. Last year, Kelly was linked to the head coaching job with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but ultimately returned to the University of Oregon. At this point, one might speculate as to how many more NFL teams will have interest in Kelly in future years, questioning his desire to coach at the next level.