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Chip Kelly Agrees to Become Head Coach of San Francisco 49ers

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly speaks with members of the media at the NFL football team's practice facility, Monday, Dec. 28, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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Alec NathanFeatured ColumnistDecember 29, 2015

Chip Kelly has agreed to become the next head coach of the San Francisco 49ers after being fired by the Philadelphia Eagles on Dec. 29.

The 49ers announced the hire Thursday, with CEO Jed York saying the hire was made after "a thorough search."

Prior to the hire, Adam Schefter of ESPN, citing a league source, reported on Jan. 4, "Kelly's camp has reached out to [the] 49ers."

NFL Network's Albert Breer also reported that Kelly's "relationship with 49ers senior personnel [executive] Tom Gamble remains intact" and "could be a key."

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported prior to San Francisco's firing Jim Tomsula that Kelly was "under strong consideration" by the 49ers, which could have been one of the reasons the organization decided to part ways with Tomsula.

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