Oregon's Chip Kelly is new coach of Philadelphia Eagles

Oregon's Chip Kelly is new coach of Philadelphia Eagles

Oregon's Chip Kelly is new coach of Philadelphia Eagles

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by KGW Staff

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Posted on January 16, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 16 at 4:50 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The Philadelphia Eagles announced Wednesday that Chip Kelly is their new head coach.

The team reported that Kelly met with owner Jeffrey Lurie, team president Don Smolenski and general manager Howie Roseman for nine hours after the Ducks Fiesta Bowl win.

The interviews had all four "engaging in a wide ranging, enthusiastic discussion of everything from football philosophy to management and organizational values and ideas. The conversations continued until Kelly decided he wanted to remain at the University of Oregon."

The team statement said Kelly continued to consider an NFL job after returning to Eugene.

This is Kelly's first job as an NFL coach. Terms of the deal were not released.

“Chip Kelly will be an outstanding head coach for the Eagles,” said Lurie. “He has a brilliant football mind. He motivates his team with his actions as well as his words. He will be a great leader for us and will bring a fresh, energetic approach to our team.”

Read the Eagles announcement

Kelly also interviewed with the Cleveland Browns and the Buffalo Bills.

Kelly's return to Oregon prompted sighs of relief from athletics administrators, fans and boosters. However, the school made no formal announcement that he had returned to stay.

Wednesday, athletic director Rob Mullens said in a prepared statement that “I want to thank Chip for his leadership and commitment to building on the Oregon Football foundation of excellence. We have enjoyed incredible success over the past four years. I have great respect for Chip, consider him a friend and wish him the best of luck in the NFL.

Kelly, 49, earned a base salary of $2.8 million this past season and had five years left on his contract.

Mullens said Oregon was now focused on "identifying a leader who is the right fit to guide Oregon Football." That person likely is offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich, considered the heir apparent.

Kelly had a 46-7 record at Oregon as a head coach. His team lost in the 2009 Rose Bowl and 2010 BCS national championship, won the 2011 Rose Bowl and the 2012 Fiesta Bowl.

He came to Oregon from the University of New Hampshire, where he was offensive coordinator.

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