Chip Kelly Reportedly to Return to Oregon After Flirtation with NFL

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IJanuary 6, 2013

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 03:  Head coach Chip Kelly of the Oregon Ducks participates in a post-game press conference after they defeated the Kansas State Wildcats 35 to 17 in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 3, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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After reportedly spending serious time discussing head-coaching gigs with at least two NFL teams, Chip Kelly has decide to stay in Eugene in his post as the head man for the Oregon Ducks. 

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the news Sunday via Twitter, which has to have Ducks fans grinning from ear to ear:

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 6, 2013

Kelly seemed destined for the NFL this offseason. 

This is the second straight season that Kelly has at least entertained the advances of NFL teams, as last year he had extensive talks with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This year, USA Today's Mike Garafolo reported that Kelly met with the Cleveland Browns for seven hours and the Philadelphia Eagles for nine hours.

It seemed that Kelly was simply trying to decide which NFL team he would take over, and not if he would make the jump. 

Also working against Oregon's favor was the fact that the Ducks are facing possible sanctions by the NCAA for alleged recruiting violations.

Despite all of this, Kelly is returning to the program he has built into an absolute power. 

In his four years as Oregon head coach, Kelly has gone 46-7, while making four consecutive BCS bowl appearances. Only in his first season did the Ducks finish outside of the Top 10, and they were No. 11 that year. 

It is not surprising that Kelly is a hot commodity. His offenses have proven to be unstoppable. Kelly runs an ultra-fast spread attack, and while his style of offense is not prevalent in the NFL, the Redskins, Seahawks and even the Patriots are all among the teams that have used some of the aspects successfully.

It seems inevitable that Kelly will make the jump to the NFL at some point, but at least Ducks fans can rest easy for this upcoming season.