PHILADELPHIA - Eagles coach Chip Kelly isn't going anywhere.

During his press conference on Thursday, he quickly refuted any notion that he would be interested in bolting the Eagles for the vacancy at USC.

"I'm the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles," Kelly said. "I'm very, very excited to be here. I'm not entertaining anything like that. I'm here."

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The Trojans are looking for a coach after firing Lane Kiffin following their 62-41 loss at Arizona State last Saturday. According to some reports, Kiffin was canned as soon as the team plane touched down in Los Angeles and was not permitted to accompany the players back to USC's campus.

Kiffin, who previously coached the University of Tennessee and Oakland Raiders, was 28-15 with USC after taking over for Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, including a 3-2 record this season.

Given Kelly's success with Pac-12 rival Oregon, he seemed like a natural candidate. Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio, a USC alum, has also been linked to the job.

If Kelly, who signed a five-year, $32-million deal with the Eagles, did decided to go back to college, that school would face sanctions by the NCAA under the terms of the penalties it laid on Oregon last June after a two-year investigation.

EXTRA POINT: Eagles CB Brandon Boykin (shoulder contusion) returned to practice Thursday and is expected to play Sunday against the New York Giants. S Patrick Chung (shoulder contusion) was limited in practice, but there is a chance he could also play.

Kelly press conference featured a funny exchange between the coach and RB LeSean McCoy. McCoy was chatting with some other players on his way out to the field while Kelly was conducting his interviews.

"Hey LeSean, are we good? Can we continue?" Kelly said. After McCoy quickly apologized, Kelly responded, "Love ya, man."


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