Well, for at least a few hours yesterday, the big news in college football was that Chip Kelly was leaving Oregon for the Philadelphia Eagles.
It’s a move that has potential ramifications up and down the conference, and maybe UW as much as any. I wrote about that in this commentary for the Thursday paper.
No one is saying Kelly’s departure marks the end of the good times for Oregon. No doubt, there were plenty of good times in the 15 years before he took over as head coach. But 46-7 is 46-7. He won’t have coached long enough to qualify for the Pac-12’s official coaching records.
But obviously, if he had stayed at that pace he’d have shattered all of them.
Kelly was 33-3 in conference games, a 92.67 winning percentage — Pete Carroll holds the official Pac-10 record at 62-14, just over 81 percent.
Oregon was good before Kelly got there, but he took the Ducks to a different level. Whether Oregon can stay there will be one of the intriguing stories of the Pac-12 the next few seasons. If Oregon slips at all, the onus will be on UW and coach Steve Sarkisian — now entering his fifth year, with the roster filled solely with players he recruited — to take advantage. That, too, will be one of the intriguing stories of the Pac-12 the next few years.
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— Here’s all the coverage on Kelly from the Eugene Register-Guard.
— The Oregonian has lots of links assessing whether Kelly will succeed in the NFL.
— ESPN’s Pac-12 chat answers whether Austin Seferian-Jenkins is now the best tight end in the country.
— The Philadelphia Inquirer has some interesting stats on Kelly.
— The LA Daily News assesses how Kelly’s departure might impact USC and UCLA.
— The Montgomery Advertiser reports that LB Reuben Foster is “leaning toward” the three southern schools he is considering — Alabama, Georgia and Auburn. Considered the No. 1 LB prospect in the country, he took an official visit to UW last weekend.
— OL Brayden Kearsley of Beaverton, Ore., who visited UW in December, committed yesterday to BYU.
— Bloguin.com examines USC’s recruiting.
— Phil Steele with a good list of all the players that left early.