Oregon AD: Ducks will try to retain Chip Kelly

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Fiesta Bowl just kicked off, and earlier I caught up with Oregon athletics director Rob Mullens, who declined comment on the Ducks' succession plans for offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich should -- or when -- Chip Kelly bolts for the NFL, as first reported by USA Today.

"We'll do everything we can to try to retain Chip," Mullens said.

And with good reason. But good luck.

Mullens said he's had zero talks with Kelly about the NFL and wouldn't discuss the issue with his coach until Friday at the earliest. That's when Kelly reportedly has interviews lined up, right after the BCS bowl matchup with Kansas State.

A few hours before the game, Kelly -- a candidate for the Browns, Eagles and Bills jobs -- was in a shirt and tie and glad-handing with Oregon boosters. He looked awfully unconcerned about his job prospects, at least for a night.

The Fiesta Bowl is in full gear, so we all can enjoy a game for a few hours without coaching headlines, right?  On the opening kick, Oregon's De'Anthony Thomas sprung for a 94-yard touchdown return.

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