Chip Kelly is staying at Oregon.
A person with knowledge of the decision confirmed Sunday night that Kelly is passing up a chance to coach in the NFL to remain with the Ducks. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because Oregon and Kelly haven’t formally announced the decision.
The decision was first reported by ESPN.
Kelly had lengthy interviews this weekend with the Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles, and also talked to the Buffalo Bills. Last year, he had talks with Tampa Bay.
The 49-year-old coach earned a base salary of $2.8 million last season at Oregon and has five years left on his contract. The Ducks, known for the innovative offense that Kelly devised, beat Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl on Thursday night to finish the season 12-1.
FLORIDA: Backup quarterback Jacoby Brissett is leaving the Gators.
Brissett started three games in two seasons and lost an open competition with Jeff Driskel before this season. Brissett completed 41 of 74 passes for 455 yards with three touchdowns and four interceptions.
He is reportedly considering West Virginia, Louisville, Arkansas, North Carolina State and Duke.
Coach Will Muschamp says safety/running back Chris Johnson also has been granted his scholarship release and plans to transfer.
Muschamp says both sophomores “expressed an interest in transferring and getting a fresh start.”
ARIZONA: All-America running Ka’Deem Carey had a protection order issued against him stemming from an incident before Christmas, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.
Carey was issued the protection order after allegedly being involved in an incident Dec. 23.
“I’ve spoken with Ka’Deem and am aware of the case,” Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez said in a statement. “We take these matters very seriously and will support the authorities however we can.”
Carey was the FBS rushing leader this season with 1,929 yards and had a school-record 23 touchdowns.
VANDERBILT: Wide receiver Jordan Matthews will return for his senior season instead of entering the NFL Draft a year early.
He led the Southeastern Conference this season with a school-record 1,323 yards receiving, which is also the fifth-most in league history.