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Did Oregon replace Chip Kelly this week?

Posted on: January 27, 2012 5:20 pm
 

Mark Helfrich would have made a fine head coach at Oregon.

So fine, that some think the Ducks’ 38-year old offensive coordinator could put the title on his job history. Right now. ProFootballTalk.com reported Thursday that Helfrich had indeed been given the job – if only momentarily -- when Chip Kelly reportedly went to Tampa Bay.

Oregon had already replaced Chip Kelly when he changed his mind 

That was the headline on ProFootballTalk.com Thursday morning. That’s also what PFT.com’s Mike Florio said this week on Tim Brando’s radio show.

In a column published Friday in the Eugene Register-Guard, columnist George Schroeder wrote,  that while Helfrich wouldn’t have been a splash hire replacement “ … for a little while late Sunday night, he was as about to be the right hire.”

Those two reports from reliable outlets suggest one thing for sure: The world is getting to know what college football insiders have known for a while: Helfrich is a rising star. Also that Kelly – if he did leave this week -- may have had to somehow “reclaim” his job at Oregon. And if you believe in the chain of command at Oregon, well, Nike CEO Phil Knight has been known to have some influence with the football program.

At the least, Kelly’s apparent departure so close to signing day had to ruffle some Duck feathers. Knight’s command of the moment – anger bubbling just below the surface -- was compelling on Thursday at the Joe Paterno memorial. No matter what you think of his stance on the Paterno/Sandusky issue, Knight owned the room. You can understand how the man got where he is  -- basically owning Oregon football.

Greg Schiano took mild criticism for leaving Rutgers so close to signing day on Thursday. Oregon has established itself as a national program. Think if Kelly had left this close to landing the school’s next class. The fallout would have been similar to Butch Davis leaving Miami a week before signing day in 2001.

Schiano had spent 11 years making the job and program matter when he bolted for the NFL. Kelly has been at Oregon three years. Despite the Nike influence, it is still a fragile football outpost. Kelly owes some of his salary and reputation to the coaches who made the absolutely right moves in replacing themselves with the right man at the right time. Rich Brooks hand-picked Mike Bellotti who then gave way to Kelly.

Safe to say, that if Kelly flirts with the NFL the next time he’d better take the job.

Kelly went on a local radio show Monday to say he “never committed to the [Tampa Bay] job, never flip-flopped.” It would be nice to know what the Bucs think of that comment. It is also legitimate to ask, if Kelly was adamant about his stance why didn’t he go on national radio/TV and get his message out?

While the locals may have been mollified, there are some remaining truths. Helfrich’s profile has been elevated in the last week. While Kelly obviously and rightly has his hands all over the offense, Helrich comes highly recommended.

“Everybody wants the hot flashy popular [guy],”  said Dan Hawkins, the former Colorado head coach. “Mark is very, very sharp [and] very, very smart. He was going to be a doctor when he went to college. He could be in a room of politicians or professors and they’d have no clue he was a football coach.”

Hawkins and Helfrich worked together for a total of six years at Boise State and Colorado. In between those two jobs, Helfrich was Dirk Koetter’s quarterbacks coach at Arizona State. He came to Oregon with Kelly as offensive coordinator in 2009. The obvious question going forward is how much Helfrich has to do with play-calling. Kelly is considered the Zen master, the offensive genius. Helfrich is the silent partner.

But if Oregon was considering elevating him – or had elevated him – the question had been answered. No matter who is calling the plays at Oregon, Helfrich was perceived good enough to run the entire program. 

Category: NCAAF
Comments

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: January 29, 2012 8:53 pm
 

Did Oregon replace Chip Kelly this week?

kelly need to have a good year. loyalty means a lot to these college football administrators. kelly is not suited for the nfl. his is a coolege game. besides a munchkin like him is not going to get the respect of the nfl players. this was a mistake for him. he needs to win a lot of games and keep himmouth shut. he is lucky they let him come back.



Since: Sep 26, 2010
Posted on: January 29, 2012 8:45 pm
 

Did Oregon replace Chip Kelly this week?

First, the only reason that Oregon is a "national" power is because of the "sentence" given to USC.  Oregon will soon drop back into the PAC-8, 10, 12 in the next few years and Coach Kelly knows it. Second, Mr. Knight does own "Oregon University" call it Knight school. 


Question wahoo, If USC has had a top ten recruiting class the last 5 years in a row (Oregon has only 2 top 25 classes in the same time period) then why haven't they finished winning the conference the last 3? I do understand that they would have played the Ducks this year so that would be the only question mark. Phil Knight can donate Money  to help build nice faculties No Monies have been spent buying players or coaches. USC's "sentence" was due to boosters buying inapproptiate gifts. Good luck to USC next year come Nov 3 they will need it.



Since: Jan 16, 2008
Posted on: January 29, 2012 8:26 pm
 

Did Oregon replace Chip Kelly this week?

First, the only reason that Oregon is a "national" power is because of the "sentence" given to USC. 

I was cringing when I read this; however, I was relieved to see that USC wasn't your favorite college FB team. Bro this is really an ignorant statement, and even I as a USC supporter/fan can give credit where it is due; UO is a damn good program.



Since: Oct 16, 2006
Posted on: January 29, 2012 7:33 pm
 

Did Oregon replace Chip Kelly this week?

There isn't one thing correct about any of this statement -- wow -- I escpecially love it when he call's the University of Oregon  "Oregon University"  What an IDIOT!!!!!



Since: Feb 18, 2007
Posted on: January 29, 2012 1:40 pm
 

Did Oregon replace Chip Kelly this week?

First, the only reason that Oregon is a "national" power is because of the "sentence" given to USC
What? Bwahahahaha!!! Hater! hahahahahahahahahahahaha! I am literally laughing out loud! Have a great day man, you crack me up. Jeezus lol The ignorance is bliss!
 



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: January 29, 2012 3:59 am
 

Did Oregon replace Chip Kelly this week?

"The fallout would have been similar to Butch Davis leaving Miami a week before signing day in 2001."

Are they saying that if Chip Kelly had left, Oregon would have won the BCS title game?



Since: Jun 4, 2007
Posted on: January 28, 2012 9:33 pm
 

Did Oregon replace Chip Kelly this week?

Let's see: Dennis Dodd, a columnist for CBS Sports writes a column whining because Chip Kelly didn't go on "national radio/TV" to say he never accepted Tampa Bay's offer. (Even though Dodd quotes the interview, clearly proving it went national) Dodd's upset, because Chip Kelly didn't choose Dodd to break news.

Dodd also complains that Tampa Bay hasn't shared their response to Kelly's view of negotiations. If only a journalist from somewhere had asked them...  Someone like a columnist for CBS Sports...

Poor Dennis. If only there was something he could do...




Since: Mar 13, 2010
Posted on: January 28, 2012 3:21 pm
 

Did Oregon replace Chip Kelly this week?

On Monday at a press confrence at the University of Oregon Rob Mullens, the AD at Oregon, twice stated that Kelly never told him he was gone.  In an interview with Steve Tannen Kelly stated "The only decision I made was not to accept the job. I never changed my mind. I never committed to the job and then flip-flopped."

Who to believe? A reporter and his unnamed third party source or two highly respected professionals.



Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: January 28, 2012 6:25 am
 

Did Oregon replace Chip Kelly this week?

One more time, this is old news, so why dig any further?  Who cares what happened because Kelly is NOT going to Tampa Bay, so there really is no more story to this "story."  I think that this is just a bald attempt to string this nonstory for as long as possible, even if the speculation has to be thrown in.  But if you're going to do that, why not have Dennis Dodd do it?



Since: Apr 22, 2009
Posted on: January 28, 2012 4:57 am
 

Did Oregon replace Chip Kelly this week?

First, the only reason that Oregon is a "national" power is because of the "sentence" given to USC.  Oregon will soon drop back into the PAC-8, 10, 12 in the next few years and Coach Kelly knows it. Second, Mr. Knight does own "Oregon University" call it Knight school.  Knight used his Joe Pa speech to try and raise business for NIKE.  UA is gaining ground on the Nike label.


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