After mulling NFL jobs, Chip Kelly is staying at Oregon

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After a weekend rife with rumors and speculation, Chip Kelly and the Oregon Ducks are right back where they started.

Head coach Chip Kelly chose to return to Oregon after interviewing with the Browns, Eagles and Bills about their coaching jobs.  FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Head coach Chip Kelly chose to return to Oregon after interviewing with the Browns, Eagles and Bills about their coaching jobs.

Oregon’s enigmatic head coach flirted with a trio of NFL teams over three days before deciding late Sunday to stay with the No. 5 Ducks.

On Monday it was back to business. Kelly was at a coaches’ convention in Tennessee.

Oregon did not formally announce Kelly’s decision – for the school his status hadn’t changed, he’s still the head coach.

It was an anticlimactic end to the whirlwind that started soon after Oregon’s 35-17 Fiesta Bowl victory over Kansas State on Thursday night.

Kelly had spoken with the Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles and Buffalo Bills about their head coaching positions.

MISSISSIPPI: Quarterback Bo Wallace will have surgery on his throwing shoulder today, meaning he will likely miss spring practice.

Coach Hugh Freeze said Monday that Wallace is expected to need four to six months to recover.

LEAVING EARLY: Linebacker Jelani Jenkins is the latest Florida player to declare for the NFL Draft.

He joins safety Matt Elam, defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd and tight end Jordan Reed as juniors leaving Florida early.

Oklahoma safety Tony Jefferson, Sooners receiver Kenny Stills and Stanford All-American tight end Zach Ertz will also forego their final year of eligibility.

NEVADA: Athletic officials say they have reached an agreement with Texas A&M assistant Brian Polian to become the Wolf Pack’s next football coach.

The 38-year-old Polian was special teams coordinator and tight ends coach last season at Texas A&M.

He will replace longtime Nevada coach Chris Ault, who announced his retirement last month.

FLORIDA STATE: Running back James Wilder Jr. is out of jail on a $500 bond after being arrested for the third time in less than a year.

Wilder turned himself into authorities Sunday at the Leon County Jail after a warrant for his arrest was issued. He failed to make a court appearance on a charge of driving with a suspended license. That date is now set for Jan. 24.


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