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Eagles Hire Chip Kelly as Head Coach

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Chip Kelly will become the new head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, the team confirmed the news on Wednesday.

Kelly had previously turned down the offer by the Eagles after his first interview.  Philadelphia had targeted Kelly as their top person to take over for Andy Reid.

Kelly led the Ducks to four straight BCS bowl games during his four seasons as head coach.  With the hiring of Kelly, two head coaching jobs remain in the NFL.

“Chip Kelly will be an outstanding head coach for the Eagles,” said Eagles owner Jeffrey 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.”

The Jacksonville Jaguars and the Arizona Cardinals are the last two remaining teams without a head coach.

Kelly was 46-7 in four years as head coach at Oregon.

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Sources: Kelly to Return to Oregon

Steve Dykes/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- It appears the Ducks will still have their head man.

According to league sources, Chip Kelly will turn down NFL offers and return as head coach of the Oregon Ducks.

Kelly, who most recently led Oregon to a Fiesta Bowl win over Kansas State, had been one of the most highly sought after head coaches in football. 

The Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles met with Kelly, and the Buffalo Bills were another team interested in Kelly's services earlier in the weekend. Cleveland could not strike a deal with him by Sunday morning and decided to re-ignite their coaching search.

The Ducks have been one of college football's best teams during Kelly's tenure, going 46-7 over the last four years with four appearances in BCS bowl games. 

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(4) Oregon Rolls Past (5) Kansas State in Fiesta Bowl

Stephen Dunn/Getty Images(GLENDALE, Ariz.) -- De'Anthony Thomas raced the opening kickoff 94-yards for a score, as (4) Oregon flew past Kansas State 35-17, to win the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Thursday.

"The one thing that has happened to us all season long is, are you going to kick to him (Thomas)," Oregon head coach Chip Kelly said on the sophomores opening score. "We knew K-State was outstanding on special teams and it was going to be a big challenge for us. And obviously, to get one to start the game, and to be up eight nothing without having our offense on the field, I think it was a huge jump for us."

Oregon (12-1) would score again before Kansas State went on a 10-0 run and stopped the Ducks on back-to-back offensive possessions. But in a drive before the half that lasted less than a minute, Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota found Kenjon Barner for a 24-yard score, giving the Ducks a 22-10 halftime lead.

Oregon came out blazing in the second half, scoring on its first two drives and putting the game out of reach.

Marcus Mariota was named the games offensive MVP. He accounted for three touchdowns, two passing and one rushing, in the win.

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Chip Kelly Focused On Fiesta Bowl

Jeff Gross/Getty Images(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.) -- Oregon coach Chip Kelly is one of the top coaching candidates for a number of NFL head coach positions, but right now he's focused on his current team's bowl game.

This Thursday, Kelly's Oregon Ducks will face off against Kansas State in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.

"I've got a game to play," Kelly said on Monday. "We're playing in the Fiesta Bowl. That's the biggest thing in my life. If I allowed other things to get into my life, then they would be distractions, but there aren't. Our focus 100 percent is on the Fiesta Bowl."

While Kelly's participation in the bowl game is a certainty, his coaching future after that is anything but certain. There are seven open head coaching positions in the NFL, and reports say that he is already being sought after by the Philadelphia Eagles and the Cleveland Browns.

During Kelly's time with Oregon, he has overseen arguably the most explosive offense in college football today. They ranked second in the nation this season in scoring average per game.

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Casey Matthews Endorses Chip Kelly as Eagles Next Coach

Jeff Gross/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid is expected to be let go by the team at the end of the season, and linebacker Casey Matthews thinks Oregon head coach Chip Kelly would fit in nicely in the city of brotherly love.

Some feel that Kelly will be taking the leap from college to the pros next season, and with the Eagles staring at their second consecutive losing season, Kelly could be a candidate for the position. Matthews played under Kelly for four years and thinks if the team decides to cut ties with Reid, Kelly would be a great fit.

"I think the fans here would love him," Matthews told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "They would love his attitude, his go-get-it mentality."

Matthews wouldn't say that Reid should, would, or could be fired but that Kelly would be the right man to replace him.

"The way he carries himself, the way his mindset is, I think they'll really like him here," Matthews added.

Kelly was offered the Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coaching job last year but ultimately turned it down. Reid has been with the Eagles since 1999.

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College Football Preview: No. 5 Oregon At No. 16 Oregon State

Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After losing to Stanford last weekend, the fifth-ranked Oregon Ducks (10-1) will head into Saturday's game against in-state rival 16th-ranked Oregon State (8-2).

Oregon enters Saturday's Civil War game with an offense averaging an FBS-leading 54.8 points per game and will need some help if they are going to get back into a BCS title talk.

In order to get back into a chance at a BCS game, the Ducks will need a USC win over No. 1 Notre Dame and losses by Alabama, Georgia and Florida this weekend.

"It's the last game of the year, it's the biggest game we play," said Oregon head coach Chip Kelly.  "Can't be bigger than I make it every year."

Oregon State also needs some help to get back into BCS title talk, but head coach Mike Riley is happy with where his team is this year.

"It's great to be where we are," said Riley. "We try not to be surprised by success, we work for that hard. But I am proud of the turnaround in this team and the work they did in the offseason and what they've accomplished to this point.

"It's much more fun and exciting to be going into the Civil War at 8-2 rather than 3-8."

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Oregon's Kelly Turns Down Buccaneers Job

Jeff Gross/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The search continues for a new coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Despite early reports that a deal was in place, Oregon head coach Chip Kelly will not be jumping ship to the NFL and joining the Bucs.

"His heart is with college football and Oregon and he's no longer being considered," Buccaneers' general manager Mark Dominik told the Tampa Bay Times.

Why Kelly backed out of the job is still unknown. According to ESPN's Joe Schad, Kelly secretly interviewed for the job last week, and had been intrigued by the challenge of coaching in the NFL.

This past season, the Buccaneers went just 4-12 after going 10-6 during the 2010 season. As a result, third-year head coach Raheem Morris was fired and the team has conducted an extensive search to find his replacement. The team have talked to or plan to talk to former coaches such as Brad Childress, Marty Schottenheimer, and Mike Sherman among others.

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Rose Bowl Preview: Oregon-Wisconsin

BananaStock(PASADENA, Calif.) -- It's the granddaddy of them all, the Rose Bowl, set to take place Monday afternoon, featuring (6) Oregon against (9) Wisconsin. Both teams come into the contest with identical records of 11-2.

“Our guys are just excited to play against a very, very good Wisconsin team,” Ducks head coach Chip Kelly said. “We know it’s going to be a huge challenge, but that’s what this deal is all about.”

Both schools feature high power offenses, with the Ducks ranked third in the nation in scoring and the Badgers fourth.

Oregon's offense starts with star running back LaMichael James, who rushed for over 1600 yards this season, fourth most in the country.

“I want it really bad,” James said of his desire to win the Rose Bowl. “I wanted the other two really bad and I want every game really bad. This is a big game for us.”

Kickoff is set for 5 P.M. Eastern.

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