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      === Chip off the New Block: Kelly leaves Oregon to coach Eagles ===
 
 Philadelphia,  PA (Sports  Network) -  Chip Kelly  had a  change of  heart and
 ducked  Oregon, while  the Philadelphia  Eagles got  the guy  they wanted  all
 along.
 
 The  Eagles  named Kelly  their  21st  head  football  coach in  team  history
 Wednesday.
 
 He replaces longtime head coach Andy Reid, who was let go on Dec. 31 following
 a 4-12 campaign.
 
 Kelly  went 46-7  and led  Oregon  to a  BCS bowl  game  in each  of his  four
 years with the school.
 
 The   49-year-old  will  bring  his  innovative  mind,  lightning  fast  paced
 offense,  which  averaged 44.7  points  per  game  at Oregon,  and  aggressive
 play  calling  to the  NFL  for  the first  time.  He  has no  prior  coaching
 experience in the pros.
 
 "Chip  Kelly  will be an outstanding  head coach for the Eagles," Eagles owner
 Jeffrey  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."
 
 Philadelphia had interviewed Kelly early on in its search for a replacement of
 Reid,  who spent  14 years at the  helm. The Eagles talked with Kelly for nine
 hours following the Ducks' 35-17 triumph over Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl.
 Kelly also interviewed with the Cleveland Browns and Buffalo Bills.
 
 Kelly,  though, announced  days later  that he'd  stay at  Oregon. But  he re-
 emerged as the Eagles' head coaching candidate.
 
 The  Eagles reportedly  interviewed  11 candidates  prior  to choosing  Kelly,
 including  Seattle Seahawks  defensive coordinator Gus Bradley on Tuesday. But
 Bradley left Philly without an offer.
 
 Philadelphia also brought in Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly, former Chicago
 Bears  head coach  Lovie Smith and former Denver Broncos offensive coordinator
 Mike McCoy, who was picked to be the head coach of the San Diego Chargers.
 
 Kelly  came  to the  Ducks in  2007 as their  offensive coordinator under head
 coach   Mike  Bellotti  before  taking over for him  in  2009.  Kelly  was
 the
 offensive coordinator at New Hampshire for seven years prior.
 
 Oregon,  which made  an appearance  in the  2011 BCS  title game  under Kelly,
 finished last season at 12-1.
 
 "I  want  to thank Chip  for his leadership and  commitment to building on the
 Oregon  Football  foundation  of  excellence," Oregon  athletic  director  Rob
 Mullens  said. "We have enjoyed incredible success over the past four years. I
 have  great respect  for Chip, consider him  a friend and wish him the best of
 luck in the NFL."
 
 Kelly  almost  jumped to  the NFL last  year, but turned  down a head coaching
 offer from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to return for his fourth season at Oregon.
 
 
 
 01/16 15:12:55 ET