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.