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Source: Browns moving on from Oregon’s Kelly

  • Oregon's Michael Clay, left, holds up the championship trophy as head coach Chip Kelly looks on after the Fiesta Bowl NCAA college football game against Kansas State Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, in Glendale, Ariz.  Oregon defeated Kansas State 35-17.(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    Oregon's Michael Clay, left, holds up the championship trophy as head coach Chip Kelly looks on after the Fiesta Bowl NCAA college football game against Kansas State Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, in Glendale, Ariz. Oregon defeated Kansas State 35-17.(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

  • Oregon head coach Chip Kelly tosses a football to a Kansas State player during warmups before the Fiesta Bowl NCAA college football game, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Paul Connors)

    Oregon head coach Chip Kelly tosses a football to a Kansas State player during warmups before the Fiesta Bowl NCAA college football game, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Paul Connors)

  • Oregon's Michael Clay, left, holds up the championship trophy as head coach Chip Kelly looks on after the Fiesta Bowl NCAA college football game against Kansas State Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, in Glendale, Ariz.  Oregon defeated Kansas State 35-17.(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    Oregon's Michael Clay, left, holds up the championship trophy as head coach Chip Kelly looks on after the Fiesta Bowl NCAA college football game against Kansas State Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, in Glendale, Ariz. Oregon defeated Kansas State 35-17.(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

  • Oregon's Michael Clay, left, holds up the championship trophy as head coach Chip Kelly looks on after the Fiesta Bowl NCAA college football game against Kansas State Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, in Glendale, Ariz.  Oregon defeated Kansas State 35-17.(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
  • Oregon head coach Chip Kelly tosses a football to a Kansas State player during warmups before the Fiesta Bowl NCAA college football game, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Paul Connors)
  • Oregon's Michael Clay, left, holds up the championship trophy as head coach Chip Kelly looks on after the Fiesta Bowl NCAA college football game against Kansas State Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, in Glendale, Ariz.  Oregon defeated Kansas State 35-17.(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

No Browns for Kelly

A person familiar with Cleveland’s coaching search says the Browns will not be hiring Oregon’s Chip Kelly.

Kelly, a Manchester native and former University of New Hampshire offensive coordinator, met with the Browns for seven hours Friday, and they came close to reaching an agreement with the college coach, who also interviewed with the Philadelphia Eagles. The person said yesterday the 49-year-old was indecisive about making the jump to the NFL and the Browns decided to move on to other candidates. The person spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the search.

The Browns are seeking their sixth full-time coach since 1999. Pat Shurmur was fired last week after going 9-23 in two seasons.

It’s possible Kelly may return to Oregon, where he has led the Ducks to a 46-7 record and four BCS bowls in the past four seasons.

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