ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported in the last hour or so that Oregon head coach Chip Kelly will return to the Ducks next season.
Kelly had been reported to have interviewed with the Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles, and Buffalo Bills on Friday and Saturday before returning to Eugene.
The Bills announced this morning that they were hiring Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone. Marrone, ironically, was hired by Syracuse in 2009 after the Orange’s first interview choice, Oregon offensive coordinator Chip Kelly, was given the head coaching position at Oregon. Kelly interviewed with the Bills on Friday, though they were considered the least likely option.
The Browns were rumored to be certain to hire Kelly Friday night following their reported nine-hour interview on Friday morning/afternoon. But by Sunday morning, the Browns had removed Kelly from consideration.
This left only the Eagles, whom Kelly interviewed with yesterday. Kelly was reported to be spending today deciding between their head coaching position or returning to Oregon. As of this evening, we are believed to have our answer.
Many of the details are yet to shake out; obviously this could be a yearly occurrence much like what USC experienced for the near-entire duration of Pete Carroll’s tenure with the Trojans. For now, the Ducks should be sure to get a recruiting boost from Kelly’s return, and can expect to be national title contenders again in 2013.