Tag:Chip Kelly
Posted on: September 28, 2010 8:53 pm

Chip Kelly gets a contract extension

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Things have worked out well for Chip Kelly since he took over for Mike Bellotti at Oregon after spending two years as the team's offensive coordinator.  In his first season in Eugene, Kelly's Ducks went 10-3 and won the Pac-10 before losing to Ohio State in the Rose Bowl.  This year the Ducks are 4-0 and scoring more often than Lindsay Lohan goes to rehab.

So it's not surprising to hear the news that Oregon has given Kelly a contract extension.  The extension is for six years and will pay Kelly $20.5 million over the course of the deal, or $3.4 million a year.  A nice chunk of change if you can get it.

“The success of a football program at any university is a crucial component to the financial security of any collegiate athletics department at the Division I level, specifically those who are financially self-supporting,” said Oregon AD Rob Mullens in a statement.

“Chip Kelly’s track record in a short amount of time speaks volumes for his character, integrity and ability to lead this program to a new set of standards. It became clear before my arrival at Oregon that retaining him to head the university’s football program was a priority. This is an investment in the future success of Oregon athletics and an investment in retaining one of the brightest college coaches in the country."

Upon hearing the news former Nike CEO and Oregon graduate Phil Knight laughed and said "good for him" before lighting a cigar with a million dollar bill.
Posted on: September 4, 2010 5:26 pm
Edited on: September 4, 2010 6:08 pm

Oregon On Pace To Hit The Century Mark

Posted by Tom Fornelli

At the rate the Oregon Ducks offense is moving against New Mexico this afternoon, they'll soon have more points than possible uniform combinations.  The Ducks have put up 59 points in the first half against the Lobos.  Yes, you read that right. 

59 points .

What's even crazier is that the Ducks have "only" run 51 plays, which means they're averaging 1.16 points per play.

Who needs LaMichael James?

Kenjon Barner has stepped right in and picked up 145 yards on the ground in only 17 carries, with four touchdowns.  He had more yards in one run -- 42 yards -- than New Mexico has managed all game -- 34.  Nobody seems to miss Jeremiah Masoli either as Darron Thomas, Josh Huff and Chad Peppars have combined to complete 14 of 26 passes for 257 yards and two touchdowns.

Really, the only person who seems capable of keeping the Ducks from hanging 100 points on New Mexico is head coach Chip Kelly who you would expect to call off the dogs in the second half.  Though, at the rate they're scoring, they may get there before the end of the third quarter anyway.

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