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Chip Kelly: ‘NCAA investigation… had no impact’ on leaving Oregon

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You can preach it, Chip, but I don’t think anyone’s listening.

As part of the NCAA sanctions levied against Oregon today, the former Ducks coach received an 18-month show-cause penalty that effectively makes him unemployable at the NCAA level until the end of 2014. That’s not a problem for Kelly, who is now the coach of the Philadelphia Eagles and would need a catastrophic tenure Philly and/or an incurable itch to return to the college game for the penalty to even apply.

Though Kelly is gone, he did issue the following brief statement on today’s decision by the Committee on Infractions:

“I want to apologize to the University of Oregon, all of its current & former players & their fans,” Kelly said. “I accept my share of responsibility for the actions that led to the penalties.”

Additionally, Kelly once again shot down any notion that the NCAA findings had anything to do with his decision to leave Eugene.

“The NCAA investigation and subsequent ruling had no impact on my decision to leave Oregon,” Kelly said via ESPN’s Joe Schad.

In April, I wrote that Kelly departing for the NFL without the NCAA in the forefront of his mind wasn’t too farfetched. Based on the reaction from many (all?) of you, I was, shall we say, “in the minority” with that line of thought.

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16 Responses to “Chip Kelly: ‘NCAA investigation… had no impact’ on leaving Oregon”
  1. bucrightoff says: Jun 26, 2013 1:32 PM

    Liar, liar, pants on fire.

  2. mydixienormus says: Jun 26, 2013 1:33 PM

  3. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Jun 26, 2013 1:38 PM

    Jim Tressel is fired and subjected to a 5 year ban for covering up for his players. Chip Kelly pays $25,000 for a bogus scouting report to cover his own butt and gets an 18 month ban. Am I the only one who thinks this is totally unfair?

  4. brianincbus says: Jun 26, 2013 1:43 PM

    Right Chip. We all believe you. Hey, I have some oceanfront property in Kansas that I’d like to sell to you.

  5. oldforester says: Jun 26, 2013 2:48 PM

    Use some logic here: Kelly knew the facts of this case when he decided to take the Eagles job. He knew the facts when he passed on the Tampa job a year earlier. Given that the NCAA’s penalties are less than a hand slap, Kelly had no motivation to leave the university fearing any sanctions. It was never that big a deal and he knew it. We only speculated that it was. So forget your previous speculation, look at the facts, and realize that he is an east coast guy, that wanted to coach at the highest level. With the NFL moving to his style of football his stock was as high as it was ever going to get. He made a smart move. He knew the violations were never that serious, period.

  6. gfj7000 says: Jun 26, 2013 2:53 PM

    I believe Chip. The forthcoming penalties and sanctions to Oregon were so MINOR, that even any type of Novice coach wouldn’t be afraid of ‘King Mark’ of the NCAA. Many coaches have left the NCAA schools with or without impending NCAA violations. They’ve simply met their dreams and should and could move on to replace some pitiful ‘no-name’ coaches which presently populate the NFL.
    I wish Chip the best, and, for sure, I don’t believe he or the fan base truly care about a $25K error effecting his reputation.

  7. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Jun 26, 2013 3:23 PM

    @ gfj7000:
    This is more than just an “error.” The $25K was school/taxpayer money spent to cover up a transgression. If I spent $25K of company money to cover my butt my employer would fire me, expect restitution and possibly prosecute me.

  8. thegonz13 says: Jun 26, 2013 8:21 PM

    Sure it didn’t, Chip… sure it didn’t!

  9. auburntigers34 says: Jun 26, 2013 8:46 PM

    and he’s totally full of sh!t.

  10. auburntigers34 says: Jun 26, 2013 8:48 PM

    oldforester, i believe that you’re forgetting the 18 month show-cause penalty when reviewing your facts.

    if he knew what the penalties would be, then he obviously knew that he’d be hit with the show-cause and that he’d need a new gig.

  11. crazyfootballfun says: Jun 26, 2013 10:04 PM

    show cause does not mean he couldn’t work. He would have stayed at Oregon, probably been suspended and Oregon would go to another BCS game. Anyone who knows Chip knows he did not leave due to any future NCAA sanctions.

  12. auburntigers34 says: Jun 26, 2013 11:13 PM

    how many HCs have received a show-cause penalty and were able to remain employed by a school that was hit with sanctions under their watch? i can’t think of any.

  13. billybobyall says: Jun 27, 2013 12:04 AM

    And The Avengers are real!

  14. th56 says: Jun 27, 2013 11:11 AM

    @ gfj7000:
    This is more than just an “error.” The $25K was school/taxpayer money spent to cover up a transgression. If I spent $25K of company money to cover my butt my employer would fire me, expect restitution and possibly prosecute me.

    Huh? Kelly didn’t spend that money to cover his butt. If you feel the need to comment at least understand what you are commenting about.

  15. be4bama says: Jun 27, 2013 11:43 AM

    AU Tiger. You are spot on!!

  16. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Jun 28, 2013 10:29 AM

    According to Lyles, he was told to put a tape together after the NCAA started looking into the matter. What would you call it?

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