GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Oregon Ducks enter the offseason with uncertainty over coach Chip Kelly's continued tenure and possible NCAA sanctions.
But according to a report on NFL.com, Chip Kelly is close to a deal to become the Cleveland Browns' next head coach. Kelly met with Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner in Arizona on Friday fresh off the Ducks' win in the Fiesta Bowl.
The Ducks face a future with a strong foundation that includes redshirt freshman quarterback Marcus Mariota and speedy sophomore running back De'Anthony Thomas.
Fifth-ranked Oregon finished this season 12-1 with a 35-17 victory over No. 7 Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl. It was the Ducks' fourth straight trip to a BCS bowl game and second straight win.
It is the third season that Oregon has finished with 12 wins. The team's lone loss this season came to Stanford on Nov. 17.
But since a 48-24 victory over Oregon State in the Civil War, much of the focus has been on Kelly and whether he'll make the jump to the NFL.