Chip Kelly addresses Oregon violations reports

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Eagles head coach Chip Kelly has responded to news that Oregon is reportedly believed to have committed NCAA violations during his tenure with the school. Via the Eagles, here is Kelly’s statement on the matter:

“I am aware of the recent reports and of the ongoing investigation being conducted by the NCAA and the University of Oregon. While at Oregon, I know we were fully cooperative with all aspects of the investigation and I will continue to contribute in any way that I can. But until the NCAA rules on the matter, I will have no further comment.”

Kelly became the Eagles’ head coach on January 16, less than two weeks after Oregon defeated Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl. The Ducks were 46-7 in his four years as head coach.

43 responses to “Chip Kelly addresses Oregon violations reports

  1. “While at Oregon, I know we were fully cooperative with all aspects of the investigation and I will continue to contribute in any way that I can.”

    Ok, so he definitely knew the program was in hot water and may come crashing down around him. They were already being investigated while he was still there.

  2. This just isn’t right. I know life isn’t fair, but for college coaches to cheat to win only to get what they are after (NFL job) and then have the kids and college pay the price is just wrong. There are no consequences for the coach, but the college that paid him all that money and the kids left at the school are the only ones to pay.

  3. “I am aware of the recent reports and of the ongoing investigation being conducted by the NCAA and the University of Oregon.

    That’s why I’m in Philly now. A big shout out to Pete Carroll for teaching all of us college coaches that if you leave your school before sanctions hit and just win a couple of playoff games in the NFL, people will stop talking about how your violations hurt your former program.”

  4. Smells like Pete Carroll.

    If the infractions are found to be true, it’s a shame that the NCAA will punish the kids and current regime and ol’ Chip will get to collect his NFL paycheck and not be impacted at all.

    They really need to create a way, where the kids/program don’t pay for the poor choices of people who leave when they know the jig is up.

  5. Surely this had absolutely NOTHING to do with setting up his original interviews with the Eagles. Or the Browns. Or the Bills. Or going back to the Eagles after supposedly turning them down at first.

  6. Hhhmmmm I wonder if he knew this and it impacted his decision to go to the NFL? Timing is probably not coincidental. Did Lurie get some inside info and use this as a sales pitch? You heard it here first, run with Florio

  7. He flip flopped a million times when trying to decide to leave Oregon or not.

    The fact that with this coming, he wasn’t already running out the door makes me question it his intelligence. All the other big time coaches can see this stuff coming a mile away.

    Also, is it time we start scrutinizing coaches “character” and “off field baggage” with the same power microscope that we do players? A player breaks one NCAA rule, and his character is in question until a few years into his career at least.

  8. Oh cut the PR crap Kelly. You ran when you saw the writing was on the wall.

    Seems like a slap in the face to Oregon that he would even comment about this as if he is some innocent party.

  9. “I’m aware that I left town right before the University got hammered with sanctions. It was totally incidental, no connection to be made ther at all”

  10. Hope this isn’t another case of the coach jumping to the NFL and leaving the school to deal with the penalties. If this is the case, they should still find a way to penalize the coach too. It shouldn’t just be the school that gets punished.

  11. Fitting picture, sticking his tongue out at the NCAA. Nice job. More fitting if he had a middle finger poking up, also.

  12. Where there is smoke there is also fire. This should shock no one. Of course he was cheating. They all cheat. He just got caught. When you win too much people don’t like it and it only takes one disgruntled player or coach to blow the lid off of things. Chip ran ,like carroll ran, and like many other coaches will run in the future. They are all scumbags who sell there souls to the devil to win and gain money and fame. It’s not about the kids. It’s never about the kids. The NCAA is all about one thing and one thing only, money? Look at the conference realignments and how tragic that thing has become. Tradition is dead in college sports. Thanks NCAA.

  13. It is absolutely incredible the rate at which ultra-successful college programs are implicated in cheating. And we all know that cheaters are rarely caught. And we know that weak programs rarely get caught cheating.

    NCAA won’t let their players receive real compensation, while making millions off of them, and all the good programs cheat.

    Oh what a wonderful message to send our kids.

  14. Substitute Pete Carroll for Chip Kelly. Same story, college coach cheats then runs to the NFL. Does the NFL have a no extradiction law?

  15. well well chipper look at the fine mess you got yourself into. nice pick egirls hey chipper I hope you don’t plan on cheating in the NFL. so deserving of a loser franchise 60 years and counting. empty trophy case.!!!!!!!

  16. I’m not worried. He either wins at Philly or the fans will slice him like a cheese steak sandwich. Therefore, bon appetite Philly.

  17. I am amazed at how many people here think this is new news. This whole situation was reported when he left for the NFL. After he originally turned the job down, the NCAA intensified their probe, then he decided to leave for the NFL. It was a major topic of discussion on all of the sports sites when hemade the move.

  18. When coaches run to the NFL (Kelly, Pete Carroll), the league should work in cooperation with the NCAA to hold them financially accountable. How can you call yourself a man when you have ZERO integrity? Face the music from the mess you made – either stay at the school and clean it up, or pay fines in the NFL. This system is messed up.

  19. A lot of people call Jim Harbaugh a whinny coach that complains but no one has ever accused him of being a cheater or turn his back on his old College teams. In fact , those teams , Stanford and San Diego State) have had winning records since his departure.
    Pete Carroll left USC in NCAA violation hell and now Chip Kelly leaves Oregon in the same mess.. Hate all you want to on Jim Harbaugh , he took on the next challenge not the next job out of town.

  20. The program was crashing down so Kelly decided to cash out.

    It is not uncommon; re: Pete Carroll.

    Beamer is right – it is not cool that this does not follow the coach and student athletes many of which were not even present at the time are left to deal with the various sanctions etc.

  21. I agree about Harbaugh. Always ran clean programs. Kelly knew exactly what was coming…….just didn’t know to what extent!!!

  22. As an Eagles fan, its nice to finally have a “win at all costs” coach. Maybe if Andy Reid would have cheated in the super bowl we would’ve outcheated Belichek and won.

  23. All it’s gonna take is one of these coachs to fail at the professional and run back to college with his tail tucked ala Nick Saban and it should slow this down. His sanctions will follow him to the next school

  24. As an Eagles fan, its nice to finally have a “win at all costs” coach. Maybe if Andy Reid would have cheated in the super bowl we would’ve outcheated Belichek and won.

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    Didn’t reid come back two days after his kid died to coach a meanigless pre-season game. That seems like a win at all costs hardcore football coach.

  25. I’d like to see a meaningful percentage of all coaches salary and bonuses put into escrow that can only be collected several years after resignation and only if there are no NCAA violations while they were coach.

  26. Ah to be a big-time college coach… YOU cheat and are allowed to go to another college or pro position to earn obscene salaries, while the INNOCENT players are punished. Even if you AREN’T a cheater, as a coach you can break your contract on your whim, again, to go to another college or pro position to earn obscene salaries, while on the other hand, if a player on your team decides HE wants to go to another school, he SITS for an entire year. Well, at least the players share in the outlandish amounts of money they earn for their institutions of higher learning…oh wait

  27. There really ought to be some kind of protocol so these coaches can be held accountable even if they have left the school. This is nuts. Pete Carroll did the same thing when he high tailed it out of USC.

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