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Fiesta Bowl 2013: Oregon players have not asked Chip Kelly about NFL jobs

Chip Kelly and the Oregon Ducks are focused on the Fiesta Bowl, not the future of the 49-year-old head coach.

Christian Petersen

As the Oregon Ducks prepares to take on the Kansas St. in the Fiesta Bowl, head coach Chip Kelly's name has been thrown around quite a bit for a few of the open NFL coaching jobs.

With rumors floating around that the Arizona Cardinals and Philadelphia Eagles are both in hot pursuit of the 49-year-old's services, one would have to figure that Kelly's players have not only heard them, but that they've asked their head coach about what his future might hold.

That is not necessarily the case. Kelly told the media Wednesday that he hasn't been asked about his future by a single Ducks player.

"I've never been asked a question by one of my players," Kelly said. "I think one of the tenets of how we do in our program is we don't like outside influences control our lives. It's kind of just noise to us. They've never said a word to me. I've never said a word to them. I always believe that praise and blame is all the same.

That's about to change. With interviews with potential NFL suitors likely to start shortly after the completion of the Fiesta Bowl on Thursday, Kelly can almost be certain that he'll have to address his future with his players in the coming weeks.

Kickoff at the Fiesta Bowl is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. MT at University of Phoenix Stadium, and the game will be televised on ESPN.