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Oregon‚??s Kelly close to deal to coach Browns


February 20. 2013 12:46AM
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CLEVELAND ‚?? A person familiar with the negotiations says the Cleveland Browns are close to a deal with Oregon‚??s Chip Kelly to become their next coach.


The Browns interviewed Kelly on Friday and the Ducks coach was supposed to meet with Philadelphia. However, a person familiar with the interviews says the Eagles are ‚??heading in another direction‚?Ě because Kelly is nearing a deal with Cleveland.


That person, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team isn‚??t discussing its negotiations publicly, said the Eagles planned to interview several other candidates regardless of any conversations with Kelly.


The Eagles were granted permission Friday to interview Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians and Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley and are scheduled to meet with Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy on Sunday.


Following Oregon‚??s win over Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl on Thursday night, the 49-year-old Kelly said he wanted to get the interview process over ‚??quickly.‚?Ě


He turned down an offer from Tampa Bay last year to return for his fourth season at Oregon, where he is 46-7. He has boosted the school‚??s national profile with a high-powered offense capable of turning any game into a track meet.




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