Chip Kelly to the Eagles: A timeline of his Oregon tenure

By Chip Patterson | College Writer
After four successful years as Oregon's head coach, Chip Kelly has made the jump to the NFL with the Eagles. (US Presswire)

As you know by now, former Oregon coach Chip Kelly has accepted the job as the Philadelphia Eagles' next head coach. The move comes as a surprise to most in college football and NFL circles, particularly one week after Kelly interviewed with Philadelphia and appeared happy to stay in Eugene for another season. According to multiple outlets, the deal came together quickly, and CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman reports that the Eagles gave Kelly a "large amount of personnel say."

Now let us take a look back at Chip Kelly's tenure with Oregon. Since joining the Ducks' staff as offensive coordinator in 2007, the program has enjoyed some of the most successful seasons in school history. Kelly leaves Oregon with a 46-7 record across four years that includes three Pac-10/12 championships, two Rose Bowl appearances (1-1), a BCS title game appearance and, most recently, a Fiesta Bowl victory over Kansas State.

Kelly's Record at Oregon
YearRec.Bowl
201212-1Won Fiesta
201112-2Won Rose
201012-1Lost BCS Title
200910-3Lost Rose
Totals46-72-2 in Bowls

Feb. 2007 -- Oregon coach Mike Bellotti hired Chip Kelly, a longtime offensive assistant from New Hampshire as the Ducks' new offensive coordinator. Kelly spent 14 years at his alma mater, re-writing most of the offensive record book during his stint as offensive coordinator from 1999-2006.

Fall 2007 -- Kelly's offense made an immediate impact in his first year on staff. Oregon led the Pac-10 in scoring and total offense and quarterback Dennis Dixon was named the league's Player of the Year. The Ducks made it to No. 2 in the BCS rankings before Dixon suffered an ACL injury and the team lost its final two games of the season.

Fall 2008 -- The Ducks improved their scoring and total offense in Year 2 under Kelly's direction. Then-sophomore quarterback Jeremiah Masoli racked up 23 total touchdowns and threw just five interceptions as the identity of Oregon's team began to take shape.

March 2009 -- After being promoted to athletic director, Mike Bellotti named Kelly as Oregon's next head coach.

Sept. 3, 2009 -- The first game of Chip Kelly's tenure as head coach started with a bang -- or rather, a punch -- as the Ducks lost a 19-8 battle against Boise State to start the season. The game itself was ugly -- not mention uncharacteristic of the Ducks' performances that followed -- and was infamous for the punch thrown by leading rusher LaGarrette Blount during Boise State's postgame celebration.

Oct. 31, 2009 -- A 47-20 win against USC -- then ranked No. 5 in the nation -- launches Oregon into the Pac-10 championship discussion. Masoli threw for 222 yards, ran for 164 more, and a redshirt freshman named LaMichael James racked up 183 yards and a touchdown in the win.

Nov. 21, 2009 -- One of the most memorable Pac-10/12 games in recent history was the Ducks' 44-41 win at Arizona in double overtime. The comeback included an Ed Dickson touchdown with six seconds left to force overtime, and it was finished by Masoli's 1-yard plunge.

Dec. 7, 2009 -- Kelly was named Pac-10 coach of the year after becoming the first coach in conference history to lead his team to a title in the first year.

Jan. 1, 2010 -- Oregon's first Rose Bowl appearance since 1995 ended on a sour note as Terrelle Pryor and Ohio State pulled away in the second half for a 26-17 win.

Oct. 2010 -- Oregon had picked up where they left off in 2009, and after avenging a 51-42 loss to Stanford with a 52-31 rout in Eugene the Ducks found themselves ranked No. 1 in the nation.

Dec. 4, 2010 -- Oregon continued to roll behind LaMichael James and Darron Thomas, finishing the season 12-0 with their second straight Pac-10 title and a berth in the BCS National Championship Game.

Dec. 2010 -- Chip Kelly was named the AP Coach of the Year, Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year and Walter Camp Coach of the Year. Additionally, Kelly earned Pac-10 Coach of the Year honors for the second year in a row.

Jan. 10, 2011 -- Oregon's BCS title hopes were dashed by a last-second field goal by Wes Byrum, as the Ducks fell 22-19 to Cam Newton and the Auburn Tigers.

Dec. 2, 2011 -- Even though losses to LSU and USC kept Oregon from a possible return to the BCS title game, the Ducks made history in a different way with a victory in the inaugural Pac-12 title game. The 49-31 win sent Kelly to his second Rose Bowl in just three years.

Jan. 2, 2012 -- Oregon outlasted Wisconsin in a 45-38 thriller in Pasadena, giving the Ducks their second-ever Rose Bowl win and first since 1915.

Jan. 2012 -- Kelly interviewed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but eventually declined the job and returned to Eugene. One source told CBSSports.com's Dennis Dodd that OC Mark Helfrich "was head coach for about 20 minutes" during that time.

Fall 2012 -- Kelly led the Ducks to one of the fastest and most dominant starts in school history, averaging 54.8 points per game in a 10-0 start before falling 17-14 in overtime against Stanford. The Ducks missed out on an opportunity to play in the Pac-12 title game but finished with a No. 2 ranking in the AP Polls after defeating Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl.

Jan. 7, 2013 -- Following the Fiesta Bowl win, Kelly interviewed with the Cleveland Browns, Buffalo Bills and Philadelphia Eagles. Athletic director Rob Mullens told the Eugene Register-Guard he was "thrilled [Kelly is] going to remain to Eugene."

Jan. 16, 2013 -- Chip Kelly accepts the position as the Philadelphia Eagles head coach.

Chip Kelly's brief time at Oregon changed the face of the program and had an influence on the entire sport of college football. Now we get to sit back and see how Kelly -- one of the brightest minds in football and also one of the most unique personalities -- performs at the professional level.

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