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Super Bowl Champ Walter Thurmond Oregon Needs Chip Kelly Back ... He's The Best Option

12/3/2016 12:15 AM PST

Super Bowl Champ Walter Thurmond Says Oregon Needs Chip Kelly Back


Chip Kelly claims he's not interested in returning to Oregon ... but that's not keeping Walter Thurmond from hoping his old coach returns to Eugene ... 'cause the ex-Ducks star says "he's the best candidate."

Thurmond -- a member of Oregon's 2009 Pac 10 champion team -- disagrees with the decision to fire Mark Helfrich after a 4-8 season, but says Kelly would be the best fit to come back to Oregon's sidelines.

"I think knowing the coach, knowing the atmosphere, knowing the people, I think that would be the best candidate to be able to bring him back."

Kelly went 46-7 as Oregon's coach from 2009-12, and told reporters earlier this week that he wasn't interested in the gig ... but Thurmond thinks it could be all talk.

"He did the same thing before he said he was coming out to the NFL, so you never know with him."

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