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Chip Kelly, Mike Riley

Former Oregon coach Chip Kelly, right, and former Oregon State coach Mike Riley before a 2011 game in Eugene.

Nebraska showed interest in former University of Oregon and NFL coach Chip Kelly but he did not reciprocate, according to a USA Today report.

The paper says Kelly is considering the head coaching jobs at UCLA and Florida, but rebuffed interest from Tennessee and, "is believed to have turned away interest from Nebraska."

The Huskers finish their season Friday afternoon against Iowa and it is widely believed that it will also be head coach Mike Riley's final game in Lincoln.

Athletic director Bill Moos last month publicly expressed admiration for the Ducks program that Kelly guided to an overall 46-7 mark from 2009-12.

Asked about his personal preference for style of play, Moos told the Journal Star during his first week on the job, "My preference … every offense, sooner or later, is going to get defended. When Oregon had a dual-threat quarterback and they were doing some things with the up-tempo, running option 20 yards past the line of scrimmage, it’s impossible to defend."

Moos more recently told the Journal Star that his evaluation of Riley and the football program could conclude before NU's last game, but that Riley was safe through season's end.

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