Chip Kelly spurns NFL teams to stay at Oregon, reports say

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Despite interviewing with at least three NFL teams, Oregon's Chip Kelly will remain as the Ducks' head coach, according to multiple reports.

Kelly, 49, interviewed with the Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles over the weekend but wasn't comfortable leaving the college game, sources told Kelly also interviewed with Buffalo.

Kelly, who turned down Tampa Bay's job deep into negotiations last season, could be facing NCAA sanctions for a pending investigation into possible recruiting violations at Oregon. The Ducks went 46-7 in the past four seasons under Kelly and made four BCS bowls.

Kelly interviewed nine hours Saturday with Philadelphia, who appeared to be in a tussle with Cleveland to hire him. The Eagles on Sunday interviewed Denver offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, who was also scheduled to interview with the Chicago Bears, a source told The Associated Press.

The Eagles plan to interview Indianapolis offensive coordinator Bruce Arians and Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley this week.

The Bears, who fired Lovie Smith, have received permission to interview Houston Texans offensive coordinator Rick Dennison, a source told

While a Denver assistant, Dennison worked with Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and receiver Brandon Marshall.

The Browns also have interviewed former Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt and Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton. Speculation remains that Cleveland owner Jimmy Haslam could make a run at Alabama coach Nick Saban after tonight's BCS national title game against Notre Dame.

Marrone to Bills

The Buffalo Bills hired Syracuse coach Doug Marrone, sources first told on Sunday.

Marrone, 48, is from the Bronx and was 25-25 in four seasons at Syracuse, which beat West Virginia 38-14 in the Pinstripe Bowl on Dec. 29 to finish 8-5. The Orange won six of its last seven games.

Marrone, an NFL assistant coach from 2002-2008, replaces Chan Gailey, who was fired Dec. 31 after a 6-10 season.

Jets still on GM hunt

San Francisco 49ers director of player personnel Tom Gamble appears the front-runner to replace Mike Tannenbaum as the New York Jets' general manager.

Gamble canceled a second interview with Jacksonville and postponed a meeting with San Diego, according to published reports.

New York also spoke with Atlanta director of player personnel David Caldwell and is expected to interview Marc Ross, the Giants' director of college scouting, and its own assistant GM, Scott Cohen.

Postgame shove

Washington tackle Trent Williams shoved Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman in the face as the teams met on the field after the final whistle Sunday. Williams took responsibility and said he acted in an "immature manner."

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