That’s right, news is breaking right now that Chip Kelly will be leaving Oregon to become the new head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles.
For those who wonder what changed since two weeks ago when Philadelphia tried to hire Kelly, Mike Freeman of CBS (@freemancbs) has some insight:
“Source says Chip Kelly is indeed head coach of the Eagles… I’m told Kelly got large amount of personnel say.”
Meanwhile, Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) of Sport Illustrated say that you should remember that Kelly never said that he was staying at Oregon. Those were only “reports” but no one ever got a direct quote from Kelly.
An interesting thought, but to me it is semantics considering that Kelly personally called the Oregon Athletic Director Rob Mullens to say he was staying.
Another popular thought seems to be that this means Oregon is going to get hit hard for the Willie Lyles NCAA investigation, but the real truth is that no one knows what the punishment is yet. Everything else is pure speculation.
Honestly, the thing I am most interested in right now is a statement from Phil Knight, owner of Nike and huge Oregon booster. In the past, Knight has been known to speak his mind if he feels he has been wronged.
I imagine this is not going to sit well with Knight.
As for who Oregon will turn to, common sentiment seems to be that offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich will be hired to replace Kelly.
However, I believe that there are some issues with Oregon state law that require a job to be fully open and posted to the public unless the school can prove a need to make an emergency hire.