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Eagles announce hiring of Oregon’s Chip Kelly 01.16.13 at 12:23 pm ET
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Oregon coach Chip Kelly has decided to make the jump to the NFL as coach of the Eagles, the team announced Wednesday.

Kelly, a New Hampshire native who played at UNH and later served as an assistant coach for the Wildcats, had a change of heart, as last week he indicated he planned to stay at Oregon.

Kelly, 49, spent four years as head coach of the Ducks, compiling a record of 46-7, after two seasons as the team’s offensive coordinator. Oregon went 12-1 this season and was ranked No. 2 after beating Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 3.

“Chip Kelly will be an outstanding head coach for the Eagles,” owner Jeffrey Lurie said in a story on the team’s website. “He has a brilliant football mind. He motivates his team with his actions as well as his words. He will be a great leader for us and will bring a fresh, energetic approach to our team.”

Earlier Wednesday, the Bears hired Marc Trestman from the Canadian Football League’s Montreal Alouettes. Trestman, who led the Alouettes to two Grey Cup titles in five seasons, has extensive NFL experience as an offensive assistant coach with the Vikings, Buccaneers, Browns, 49ers, Lions, Cardinals, Raiders and Dolphins.

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Buccaneers confirm Chip Kelly’s decision to remain at Oregon 01.23.12 at 12:22 pm ET
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There have been a number of reports in the past 24 hours indicating that University of Oregon coach Chip Kelly planned to accept the Buccaneers‘ job offer and then changed his mind. On Monday morning, Bucs general manager Mark Dominik confirmed that Kelly will not join the team.

“His heart is with college football and Oregon, and he’s no longer being considered,” Dominik told the Tampa Bay Times.

Kelly reportedly met with Bucs executives last week and canceled a recruiting trip in order to finalize his contract with the NFL team. As the news leaked out Sunday, Kelly apparently had a chance of heart.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: HS basketball player dies after hitting game-winner 03.04.11 at 7:07 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY FRIDAY:
NBA: Warriors at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)
MLB Preseason: Red Sox at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. (NESN)

SATURDAY:
NHL: Penguins at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
MLB Preseason: Red Sox (SS) at Orioles, 1:05 p.m.
MLB Preseason: Marlins at Red Sox (SS), 1:05 p.m. (NESN)

SUNDAY:
NBA: Celtics at Bucks, 9 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)
MLB Preseason: Red Sox at Mets, 1:10 p.m. (NESN)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ A high school basketball player in Michigan died Thursday night after hitting the game-winning shot that capped his team’s undefeated regular season. Shortly after he was lifted up by teammates in celebration while fans rushed the court, 16-year-old Wes Leonard of Fennville High School collapsed. He was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead.

Leonard, a 1,000-point scorer, also was an honorable mention all-state quarterback on the school’s football team.

‘™¦ Steve Mandl, who coached Manny Ramirez at George Washington High School in New York and has been at the school for 27 seasons, is fighting a one-year suspension he received for violating the league’s prohibition on recruiting.

‘™¦ ThePostGame.com blog has the story of two girls from Southern California, Ghazaleh Sailors and Marti Sementelli, who play varsity baseball at different high schools. On Saturday, the two are scheduled to be the starting pitchers against each other, making it the first time two girls take the mound as starters on opposing teams.

‘™¦ The University of Oregon football team is taking some heat for paying $25,000 to a Texas man, Will Lyles, who claims to run a scouting service but reportedly steers players to colleges. Oregon also paid a lesser fee to a former University of New Hampshire player, Baron Flenory, who runs camps and has close relationships with recruits. Flenory played at UNH when current Oregon coach Chip Kelly was an assistant for the Wildcats.

‘™¦ Forbes magazine has a look at the top 10 highest-paid college basketball coaches. Kentucky’s John Calipari is No. 1 at $4 million per year. Next up are Michigan State’s Tom Izzo ($3.4 million) and Florida’s Billy Donovan ($3.3 million).

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On March 4, 1984, which former Red Sox catcher was named to the Baseball Hall of Fame?

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