Chip Kelly, 49, has been named the new head football coach of the Philadelphia Eagles.
Kelly, who went 46-7 and led Oregon to a BCS bowl game in each of his four years at the school, will become the 21st head coach in the team's history, replacing Andy Reid.
According to the Eagles website, Kelly met with Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie, team president Don Smolenski and general manager Howie Roseman early in the head coach search in Arizona after the Fiesta Bowl for almost nine hours. The conversations continued until Kelly decided he wanted to remain at the University of Oregon.
To the likely surprise of Oregon fans, Kelly continued to evaluate the opportunity to work for the Eagles in the NFL and accepted the position.
“Chip Kelly will be an outstanding head coach for the Eagles,” said 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.”
This is Kelly's first coaching job in the NFL.
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