After a weekend rife with rumors and speculation, Chip Kelly and the Oregon Ducks are back where they started.
Oregon's enigmatic coach flirted with a trio of NFL teams over three days before deciding late Sunday to stay with the Ducks. On Monday it was back to business. Kelly was at a coaches' convention in Tennessee and not available for comment.
"Obviously we're ecstatic that Coach Kelly decided to remain at the University of Oregon," athletic director Rob Mullens told local media. "We've had unprecedented success over the last four years, and that's a tribute to his innovative style."
It was an anticlimactic end to the whirlwind that started soon after Oregon's 35-17 Fiesta Bowl victory over Kansas State on Thursday.
On Friday, he met with the Cleveland Browns for several hours, and by the end of the night, sources close to the team were telling the media that Kelly was "close" to signing a deal. But the next day, Kelly met for nine hours with the Philadelphia Eagles. At some point, he also spoke to the Buffalo Bills.
By midday Sunday, The Associated Press learned that the Browns had started looking elsewhere because they weren't sure Kelly's heart was in the NFL. That night, sources connected to Oregon and the Philadelphia Eagles confirmed an ESPN report that Kelly will remain in Eugene.
San Jose State: Kicker Austin Lopez was named to the Freshman All-America team by the Football Writers Association
Lopez, from Euless, Texas, was 17 for 17 on field goals, including two in the Spartans' 29-20 victory over Bowling Green in the Military Bowl.
He set school records for points scored by a kicker with 105 and most consecutive successful field goals. He made a school-record 54 extra-point kicks on 57 attempts and tied a school record with four field goals in a game, in a 12-0 win over Navy.
Nevada: Texas A&M assistant Brian Polian has agreed to a five-year deal worth $475,000 in annual base pay, plus incentives to replace the recently retired Chris Ault.
Before Texas A&M, Polian, 38, spent two years at Stanford as special-teams and recruiting coordinator while also coaching safeties.
Playoffs: The Rose and Sugar bowls will host the first national semifinals on Jan. 1, 2015, and the Cotton Bowl appears to be the favorite to host the national title game on Jan. 12, 2015, sources told ESPN.
On the go: Players who have decided to leave college early and enter the NFL draft include Oklahoma safety Tony Jefferson and receiver Kenny Stills and Florida linebacker Jelani Jenkins.
Staff writer Jimmy Durkin contributed to this report.