Sunday ended the same way that it started, with a wild day of NFL action sandwiched around Chip Kelly news. And the latest bit is the biggest; Kelly has reportedly turned down all NFL openings to return to Oregon.
Bruce Feldman of CBSSports.com and CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora both confirmed that Kelly will stick with Oregon. Adam Schefter of ESPN first reported that Kelly considered taking the Eagles' gig but ultimately decided to stay with Oregon.
The move isn't entirely surprising around these parts. La Canfora reported for several days that it wouldn't be a huge upset if Kelly stuck with the Ducks.
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As I wrote in Sorting the Sunday Pile, this was the definition of a fluid situation. But it would've made sense for Kelly to stay if he didn't feel like the situations available to him were the right ones.
The Eagles and the Browns were the teams that were seen as most likely to land Kelly, but the Browns took themselves out of the running for Kelly on Sunday after a Saturday meeting never materialized.
It's believed that Kelly wanted substantial control over personnel on his roster; he clearly wasn't getting that in Philadelphia, where a power structure already exists.
And the lure of running a successful college program -- along with the dollars that come from Oregon booster and Nike founder Phil Knight -- ultimately resulted in Kelly not going anywhere.
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