Oregon coach Chip Kelly has decided to turn down a chance to go to the NFL and instead will return to the Ducks, according to league sources.
Kelly was intrigued with the Philadelphia Eagles' head coaching job but decided he wasn't comfortable leaving the college game.
The Cleveland Browns are the only other NFL team known to have interviewed Kelly. The two sides met last week but the Browns decided to reboot their coach search after leaving Arizona late Sunday morning without landing Kelly, sources said.
There's no guarantee that Chip Kelly would be a success in the NFL, but missing out on hiring him is a major setback for the Browns, who played all of their chips on the Oregon coach and lost, Jamison Hensley writes. Blog
The Eagles are the only other NFL team known to have interviewed Kelly.
Philadelphia took its coaching search committee to Denver to interview Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy on Sunday after a lengthy meeting with Kelly on Saturday night in Arizona.
Kelly has built the Ducks into a national power. Oregon has gone 46-7 in the last four years and made four consecutive BCS bowl games. Kelly runs a high-octane, fast-breaking offense, and elements of his schemes are already being used by New England and Washington.
Kelly may face NCAA sanctions in his return to Oregon as the school is being investigated for recruiting violations.