Reversal Of Fortune

In honor of the day that Nike may, or may not, have saved Oregon football.

If you haven’t heard, Oregon head football coach Chip Kelly suddenly decided that he didn’t want to be an NFL coach… after deciding that he didn’t want to be a college football coach.

He’s back in Eugene, Oregon without missing a day on the job.  Rampant, yet unverifiable, speculation is that Oregon’s most celebrated financial donor (Phil Knight of Nike) stepped in to save the day at the last-minute.

As a UCLA Bruin fan, I don’t root for the Ducks often, but if Oregon goes down in flames it will be up to the rest of the hapless teams in the Pac-12 to keep USC out of the National Championship hunt.  Since my Bruins certainly can’t do it yet, I need Chip Kelly at Oregon for at least another three years.

Oregon has still got some serious talent in the cupboard, but it takes Kelly’s motivation, discipline, and mental acumen to get that talent to produce at the high level that Oregon fans have come to expect.

Next year Oregon’s offense will have to rely on a running back whose name features a “soft J” (as in Yogging), and an undersized speedster hoping to catch passes from a running quarterback.  That’s a recipe for disaster without the coach who has designed an offense to turn this type of potential into touchdowns.

Whether or not you think that the Ducks are Nike’s semi-professional entry into NCAA football, you have to admit that without Phil Knight, the state of Oregon doesn’t get much recognition or representation on a national level.

At least with Chip Kelly at the helm the state should be well represented in Pasadena come New Years.


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2 Responses to “Reversal Of Fortune”

  1. Sharon O January 23, 2012 at 8:56 pm #

    When it was reported he was leaving it made me sad, knowing very little about the sport I do think the man is awesome.

  2. Jon January 23, 2012 at 9:23 pm #

    Him sticking sound is good for the entire state.

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