Texas wants a fond farewell for coach Mack Brown after the tension surrounding his resignation, and the Ducks were denied a BCS bowl for the first time in five years.
Brown will be coaching his 206th and final game at Texas when the Longhorns take on No. 10 Oregon in the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 30.
While No. 10 Oregon didn’t land an at-large BCS bid, it did earn a date against Texas in one of the more intriguing matchups of the upcoming bowl season.
The Philadelphia Eagles have hired Chip Kelly after he originally chose to stay at Oregon. Kelly becomes the 21st coach in team history and replaces Andy Reid, who was fired on Dec. 31 after a 4-12 season
Two people with knowledge of the decision confirmed Sunday night that Kelly is passing up a chance to coach in the NFL to remain with the Ducks.
A person familiar with the negotiations said the Cleveland Browns are nearing a deal with Oregon’s offensive mastermind to be their next coach.
As Oregon coach Chip Kelly was about to receive the massive Fiesta Bowl trophy, Ducks fans inside University of Phoenix Stadium started a chant of “We want Chip!”
Kansas State and Oregon are now on course to play for the BCS national championship. After Alabama was upset by Texas A&M, the new BCS standings have the Wildcats (.9674) first and the Ducks (.9497) second.
The Oregon Ducks will start the season ranked third in the Associated Press poll, but won’t have the services of redshirt freshman and former Temple High School star running back Lache Seastrunk.