Chip Kelly to Eagles

Oregon head coach Chip Kelly left for the Philadephia Eagles today, a little over a week after spurning the Cleveland Browns. Offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich is expected to fill the vacancy, but the Ducks’ offense is tied so closely to Kelly that the transition may not go as well as Stanford’s did with David Shaw. UCLA’s trip to Eugene on Oct. 26 just became easier.

From a recruiting standpoint, Oregon already had the conference’s second-smallest class with 13 recruits. Other teams are already circling, with four-star athletes Tyrell and Tyree Robinson being the big prizes. Of note, both intend to play both football and basketball. (The Ducks’ class is currently ranked No. 44 on Rivals. Kelly’s past hauls — including his time as offensive coordinator — were ranked 13, 9, 13, 32, 19.)

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  • Gary Greenacre

    Get out while the quacking is great.
    I think we should consider the possibility that Chip Kelly is leaving Oregon because next year begins two seasons playing against the “not-soft-anymore, improved and still improving UCLA Bruins” on his schedule.

  • 92104bruinfan

    That 2013 Ducks team is still loaded with Mariota, Thomas, and co…but yeah, the trip to Autzen just became a bit more digestible with Kelly gone. A small bit at that. Having Autzen as part of back to back roadies along with The Farm is just brutal. Oh well it is what it is.

    Jack – On another note, are you going to start feeding this blog some recruiting updates as we get closer to NSD? Thanks!