As I type this, there are now some definitive reports that Chip Kelly is staying at Oregon.
If so, that will settle the Pac-12 coaching lineup for next season. It will also mean UW’s road to a North Division title in a season when the Huskies will have some pressure to make a real breakthrough won’t be any easier. Obviously, the NCAA has yet to rule on its investigation into Oregon, so things could change there. But if not, the Ducks will again have a team that will be considered a conference favorite, and maybe again a national title contender.
So will Stanford, which as I detailed in the blog entry last night, has gotten good news in terms of players who were considering the NFL and could return all but about six starters from the Rose Bowl. I’d expect those two again to be the pre-season favorites in the Pac-12 North heading into next season. UW and Oregon State may trade off in the various polls being third — cases could, and will, be made for each.
Details should emerge throughout the night about why Kelly decided to stay when many seemed to take it as a foregone conclusion that he’d leave. Whatever the reasons, what we know now is he will be with Oregon when the Ducks come again to Husky Stadium next season.