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Fiesta Bowl 2013: Chip Kelly focused on coaching Ducks

While rumors swirl about an NFL head coaching gig being in his future, Ducks coach Chip Kelly is focused solely on the Fiesta Bowl.

Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE

Chip Kelly's name has surfaced as a candidate for a few soon-to-be vacant NFL head coaching jobs, but the Oregon Ducks head coach isn't paying attention to anything other than his team's upcoming Fiesta Bowl game.

The most serious rumors involving Kelly have him headed to Philadelphia or Carolina, with the Eagles rumored to be willing to make the 49-year-old an offer he can't refuse. Kelly isn't going to let the NFL chatter alter his focus, however.

"It doesn't bother me. It gives you guys stuff to write about, so I think you're entertained by it. But because I don't read it, it doesn't mean anything to me."

When asked about whether an NFL job was something he might be striving for, Kelly danced around the question a bit, hoping to redirect the focus on the Ducks and their upcoming bowl game.

"My heart is to win today and that's it," he said. "I know everybody wants to hear a different answer. And I know that at times when I don't give you guys the answer that you guys want then I'm being evasive. I'm not being evasive."

The Fiesta Bowl will pit No. 5 Oregon against the No. 7 Kansas State Wildcats on Jan. 3. Kickoff is slated for 6:30 p.m. MT and the game will be televised on ESPN.