Prominent Oregon boosters wouldn’t mind it one bit if Chip Kelly left Oregon

There are a few reasons why it is believed that Chip Kelly will eventually leave Oregon. For starters, his name routinely shows up on lists of NFL coaching candidates. And secondly, the NCAA continues to sniff around the Oregon program even after the school tried to put the issues to bed.

With all the success Kelly has at Oregon, one would think that even despite possible NCAA penalties, folks in Eugene would want nothing more to keep Kelly. The man has basically put Oregon football on the map and revolutionized offense in college football. But some prominent boosters want him gone. Not because of the NCAA. Not because they would have to deal with him flirting with NFL jobs every offseason. But because he doesn’t schmooze with the fanbase. Namely, the boosters.

A number of substantial Oregon football boosters, many of whom requested anonymity, expressed a widespread annoyance with Kelly. The coach with the highest winning percentage (45-7, 86.5 percent) among BCS conference coaches is at odds with many of those closest to the Oregon program. Although most would agree Kelly is an extraordinary coach, he doesn’t care much for the many other obligations that come with his job.

“Some of the college boosters have gone as far as to say, ‘I hope he does leave so we can get somebody who appreciates the fans,’” says Jack Roberts, a former Oregon labor commissioner and Oregon alumnus.

“As revolutionary as Chip has been on the field with the no-huddle offense, he’s been more revolutionary in how he acts toward social functions,” says an Oregon booster who requested anonymity. The source said the relationship between Kelly and boosters is strained.

“He’s good at talking to people,” says Jack Roberts, “but he’s not a glad-handing guy.”

Dan Dutton, a booster and former walk-on player at Oregon under Rich Brooks, says: “Fundraising and socializing are not his favorite activities.”

So remember last January when out of the blue Kelly was oh so close to taking the Tampa Bay Buccaneers job? Guess we now see why.

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  1. Sayre Custer says:

    Whoa! Let’s get this straight. U of O prominent boosters are complaining because Chip Kelly isn’t smoozing them or fans or doing enough fund raising?
    What, pray tell, do they think Coach Kelly’s extraordinary winning record and his players out and out respect for their coach is? Not everybody is all things to everyone. The boosters should be counting their lucky stars that they have Chip Kelly.

    • Coach Kelly says:

      So let me get this straight: Duck football is exciting,winning, the fans are stoked, recruits that can actually play strongly consider and attend our school, and the “boosters” want me gone? Sounds like the “boosters” have their priorities in the wrong place. I am on a mission to lead this school to a natioal title and help the players realize their full potential on and off the field.

      I think I have my priorties straight and where it belongs. With the kids that trust me to coach them and fight for Oregan football pride.

      • I’d hate to see Coach Kelly leave because of some rich booster’s hurt feelings. Coach Kelly was hired to coach football. He’s done a fantastic job at that and I’d hate to see him leave Oregon. I’d think the boosters would be overjoyed at what he’s accomplished at Oregon and would do their dead level best to encourage him to stay.
        Here’s crossed fingers that he stays with us to keep this program in the top tier of college football.
        Good job coach!

    • David Brooks says:

      I read “boosters wanting more schmoozing.” If that’s what you want, I suggest a trade: Chip Kelly for Mack Brown (University of Texas). If it’s a schmoozer you want, Mack’s your guy. If it’s a coach you want, you already have him.

      Get a clue, Oregon boosters: you can have one or the other, but not both.

  2. Randy Harrison says:

    Chip is a quality human with great compassion for his kids. His trust in his staff is CEO quality. He should be respected for his accomplishments, brilliance and dedication. I hope he finds his passion in his ultimate career goal. As a Duck, I would hope that is staying at Oregon for the next 20 years.

  3. Chip Kelly has been great for the University of Oregon and especially the young men that he is teaching the game of football to. In general I have been pleased with his commitment to ethics and his willingness to reprimand and/or sanction players who violate the law and team rules. The University community and Duck fans everywhere will miss him when he goes but that being said, as my father used to say, “The cemetary is full of people that could’nt be replaced.”

  4. I was an Oregon student in the 70’s. I sat through countless games in which the only uncertainty was the the level of incompetence to be achieved by the Ducks in each game. Kelly isn’t there to make the “in” crowd feel important; he’s there to teach, guide, and win. He has done that admirably, and in the process has revolutionized college football. My only worry is over the recruiting fiasco. On that, just say it ain’t so, Joe.

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