UPDATE 2: Chipper was recruiting kids to come to Eugene as recently as two days ago. So this thing appears to literally have come out of the middle of nowhere.
UPDATE 1: The Eagles make it official, posting an announcement on the team’s website:
“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.”
Get it going Twitterers! #ChipFlip.
In what’s being called the scoop of the season by some, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen broke the biggest football news in the City of Philadelphia in the last 14 years. Chip Kelly, who as of 10 days ago was reportedly staying at the University of Oregon, though never officially releasing a statement of his own, is set to become the new Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach. According to Matt Lombardo, Kelly spoke to his players last night and is on his way to Philly.
It’s too early to tell what this means for the Eagles starting-quarterback situation, but it was reported that the team had used both Michael Vick and Nick Foles as bait during their initial interview with Kelly.
No matter what happens, one thing is pretty clear. The coaching search is over, and the Eagles, our Eagles, got their man.
More from Mort.
Oregon coach Chip Kelly will be the new coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, league sources told ESPN.
Kelly re-emerged as a candidate recently and an agreement was just reached Wednesday.
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 sources had told ESPN after the meeting that Kelly had decided to stay at Oregon. The school never made an official announcement regarding Kelly’s employment with the team, however.
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.
We’ll update this with more information as it becomes available.