It’s the time of year when coaching rumors run rampant, and the continuing advances in technology allow such rumors to spread more widely and rapidly with each passing year.
That said, one story making the rounds today is that the Philadelphia Eagles might make a run at Steve Sarkisian should their efforts to pry Chip Kelly away from Oregon fail. Here’s a story from NFL.com with that report. The story mentions Sarkisian’s ties to the Eagles organization. At a quick glance, though, I’m not sure what those are. Again, just a rumor, and not even a rumor of contact or anything other than that he might be on a list.
And as noted, the Eagles’ first choice may well be Kelly. And speaking of Kelly, George Schroeder — a former columnist for the Eugene Register-Guard who is now at USA Today — said today he expects Kelly to leave and for Oregon to promote offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich (here’s a Tweet about that below):
Just had @georgeschroeder of USA Today on air he said Mark Helfrich will get Oregon job if Kelly leaves for NFL. He expects Kelly to leave.
— Jeff Caves (@JeffCaves) December 28, 2012
In other news. …
— ESPN.com’s Mason Kelley with some good recruiting stuff in his chat today.
— Cal defensive lineman Deandre Coleman, a native of Seattle and a Garfield High grad, informed the Times today he will return for his senior season at Cal after giving some thought to declaring for the draft.