For the second straight year, Chip Kelly flirted with the NFL and ultimately decided to remain put.
The Oregon head coach has decided to remain just that, the coach of the Ducks, according to two people informed of Kelly's decision who spoke to USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity because Kelly's camp has not publicly confirmed his decision. Kelly has informed teams that were interested in him he is no longer considering a move to the NFL.
Kelly interviewed with the Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles and Buffalo Bills in the last three days.
It was reported Friday he was on the verge of becoming the Browns head coach. On Saturday, it seemed he was leaning more toward joining the Eagles after a nine-hour interview.
Finally, on Sunday, rumblings were he was leaning toward a return to Oregon, where he's gone 46-7 in four seasons. That proves to be the case in the end.
Kelly's agent, David Dunn declined to comment when asked by USA TODAY Sports about Kelly's situation.
The Browns seemingly couldn't wait for Kelly. ESPN reported they were restarting their coaching search. Cleveland also lost out on Syracuse's Doug Marrone, whom the Buffalo Bills hired Sunday.
The Eagles confirmed they met with Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy and will interview Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley and Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians.
Arians missed the Colts' game Sunday because he was taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in the morning after experiencing headaches and nausea. He was expected to remain in the hospital overnight. His agent, Mike Brown, said doctors were blaming his symptoms on an ear infection, virus or reaction to medication.
In addition to the Eagles, Brown said Arians was scheduled to interview with the Chicago Bears in the middle of the week. Brown also expected the San Diego Chargers to request permission today to interview Arians.
Last year, Kelly spoke to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but pulled out of the running late.
Kelly, who turned down Tampa Bay's job deep into negotiations last season, has built the Ducks into a national power. Oregon has made four straight appearances in BCS bowl games.
The pursuit of Kelly created an interesting subplot between the Browns and Eagles. Cleveland CEO Joe Banner spent 19 seasons in Philadelphia before leaving the team last year amid a power struggle. Banner is longtime friends with Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie, and the two of them potentially squaring off in a bidding war for Kelly was straight out of a screenplay.
It's not known what kind of offer the Browns made for Kelly, who earned a base salary of $2.8 million last season at Oregon and still has five years left on his contract.
Kelly's high-octane, hurry-up offense has raised his profile and made the Ducks, with their splashy array of colorful Nike uniforms, more than a curiosity. Several NFL teams, including the New England Patriots and Washington Redskins, are using elements of Kelly's schemes in their offenses.
With Kelly no longer in the picture, the Browns will turn their attention to other candidates.
Owner Jimmy Haslam and Banner spent most of the past week in Arizona, where Kelly was coaching Oregon in the Fiesta Bowl. While waiting to meet with Kelly, the Browns interviewed former Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt, Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton, Syracuse's Doug Marrone and Penn State's Bill O'Brien.
Marrone accepted Buffalo's coaching vacancy on Sunday, and O'Brien decided to stay with the Nittany Lions. The interview of Horton satisfies the NFL's Rooney Rule for minority candidates.
Contributing: USA TODAY Sports' George Schroeder, wire reports