Jan 3, 2013; Glendale, AZ, USA; Oregon Ducks coach Chip Kelly (right) and linebacker Michael Clay (46) celebrate after the 2013 Fiesta Bowl against the Kansas State Wildcats at University of Phoenix Stadium. Oregon defeated Kansas State 35-17. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

Chip Kelly Leaving Oregon for The Philadelphia Eagles

Less than two weeks after declining the initial advances of the NFL, Oregon head coach is headed to the Philadelphia Eagles. The University of Oregon’s official Twitter account confirmed initial reports on Wednesday.

ESPN.com’s Chris Mortensen first reported the news on Wednesday morning, to which FOX scoop-hound Jay Glazer tweeted follow-up confirmation.

Oregon is facing an NCAA investigation, focused primarily on the program’s involved with Willie Lyles, a Texas-based recruiting service agent. Any connection between Kelly’s departure and the ongoing NCAA investigation is purely speculative, though the situation is akin to Pete Carroll leaving USC three years ago. Carroll accepted an opening with the Seattle Seahawks during an NCAA inquiry that led to USC receiving the stiffest sanctions since Auburn in the mid-1990s.

This reported move comes late in the coaching search game for Oregon, but the influx of Nike money Phil Knight commits to the program should have other programs on guard.

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