The Philadelphia Eagles will name Oregon coach Chip Kelly as their new head coach, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.
Mortensen first broke the news via Twitter. He reported that the Eagles had interviewed Kelly early in its search for a replacement for longtime coach Andy Reid, talking to the coach in Arizona after the Ducks' 35-17 Fiesta Bowl victory over Kansas State.
But, following that meeting, Kelly appeared content to stay at Oregon. The school never made an official announcement regarding Kelly's employment with the team, however.
Kelly had also interviewed with the Cleveland Browns and Buffalo Bills. Last offseason, Kelly nearly became the coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, backing out at the last minute to stay with the Ducks.
On Jan. 7, the Associated Press and other outlets reported that Kelly had turned down the Eagles after Philadelphia had pushed for the offensive innovator.
Kelly re-emerged as a candidate recently, according to Mortensen, and an agreement was just reached Wednesday.
Kelly is 46-7 in four years as head coach at Oregon. The Ducks have been to four straight BCS bowl games -- including a bid for the national championship against Auburn two seasons ago -- and have won three Pac-12 championships.
He originally came to the Ducks in 2007 as offensive coordinator under Mike Bellotti. Before that, he was offensive coordinator at New Hampshire, where he started devising the innovative hurry-up offense the Ducks are known for today.
Oregon finished last season 12-1. The team was ranked No. 1 and appeared headed for another shot at the national championship until a 17-14 overtime loss to Stanford on Nov. 17.