Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Oregon secures its future

The University of Oregon has named Offensive Coordinator Chip Kelly to succeed Mike Bellotti as head football coach. It isn't clear when Bellotti will step down, but it assumed to be within the next few years. When he does, he will assume the role of athletic director.

Kelly, hired two years ago from the University of New Hampshire, transformed an already potent Duck offense into a juggernaut that has led the Pac-10 in total yards and scoring in both of his first two seasons at Oregon.

It seems to me like a great move. Not only do you lock up one of the hottest coaching prospects in the country, but you maintain a consistent (and successful) offensive system for the forseeable future. This continuity will likely pay big dividends in recruiting, as will having Bellotti as AD.

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