action:article | category:SPORTS | adString:SPORTS | zoneID:40

Home » Sports

January 06. 2013 11:29PM

Report: NH native Chip Kelly will stay at Oregon

New Hampshire's Chip Kelly will return to coach the University of Oregon, spurning NFL offers, ESPN reported on Sunday night.

Kelly, a former Manchester Central player and coach, and former University of New Hampshire assistant coach, was "intrigued" with the vacant Philadelphia Eagles job, but decided against it, according to the report.

The Cleveland Browns also interviewed Kelly, according to reports. The Browns are still looking for a coach.

Earlier Sunday, in a conversation before Kelly's decision, Joe Yukica said he believes Kelly has the ability to coach in the NFL.

"He's well-grounded in football principles," said Yukica, who served as a head college football coach at the University of New Hampshire, Boston College and Dartmouth College.

Yukica had nine winning seasons in his 10-year tenure with the Eagles (1968-77) and led the Big Green to the Ivy League championship in 1978. Dartmouth also was co-champion of the Ivy League in 1981 (with Yale) and 1982 (with Harvard and Pennsylvania) under Yukica, who stepped down in 1986 after nine coaching seasons in Hanover.

Yukica (21 total seasons, 111-93-4 career record) never entertained offers to coach in the National Football League, but certainly knows what it takes to make the jump from the college ranks into the NFL.

"You certainly have to have the traits of being a leader," said Yukica. "If you're an owner in the NFL looking to hire a college coach, you're looking at someone who is a strong-willed person. It's someone who runs a solid program, knows what to expect from his assistant coaches and demands a consistent effort from his players."

"First and foremost, I'm happy for and rooting for Chip Kelly," said Yukica. "As everyone knows the story by now, when he was an assistant coach at UNH, Chip attended a football clinic to explain his offensive schemes. (Oregon) coach (Mike) Bellotti was there, liked his ideas and hired him to be his offensive coordinator. Shortly after, Chip becomes the head coach and makes Oregon one of the top college football teams in the country. There's no reason I know of why he can't coach on the NFL level."

Yukica said Kelly will make the right decision for himself.

"He knows what needs to be done, has already shown it on the college level," said Yukica. "If he's deciding on coaching in the NFL, he needs to start by going to a team with a solid ownership. He also needs to see what he has for personnel. You know, who's the quarterback, who are the wide receivers and running backs. If you don't have those tools starting out, you're in trouble. You have to examine all those things before you make a final decision."?If Kelly doesn't join the NFL ranks, Yukica said "he ends up back in Oregon and continues on. And that's not a bad thing considering where his program is today."

NFL.com and ESPN reported that Nike founder Phil Knight, a major Oregon booster, pushed hard to keep Kelly at Oregon.

Oregon could face NCAA sanctions as the school is being investigated for recruiting violations.

Union Leader wire services contributed to this story.


  • Should public schools in NH provide students with firearms safety instruction?
  • Yes
  • 65%
  • No
  • 35%
  • Total Votes: 1958
 NH Sports Angle more
Links to news and happenings around the world of sports with a Granite State connection, updated daily.

New OT rule in AHL generating buzz

Slam thunk! Sarah Silverman nearly hit by basketball at Knicks game... but luckily John McEnroe is there to shield her

Spurs' Matt Bonner will wear new Adidas Crazy 8 shoes for Christmas game

Jason Saltmarsh: Runners should never have to pay for their race photos

Ex-official pleads guilty to embezzling thousands from Pembroke football nonprofit

Former New Hampshire goalie DeSmith tells his side of arrest, dismissal from team

NH hockey team moving to Maine could be worth at least $1 million in economic activity say city officials

New owners of Claremont plan to put speedway back on track

Speedway in Claremont bought for nearly $519,000

Lebanon marathoner qualifies for US Olympic Trials

Matt Bonner talks about the end of the run, making the simple play, and playing until he's 40

Ex-UNH goalie agrees to diversion,receive counseling, avoids jail

Wildcats will face Chattanooga in prime time

New England Revolution forward Charlie Davies teaches supporters how to believe

Helmetless Football? Its the new practice at UNH

CASEY DeSMITH

DeSmith officially dismissed from New Hampshire team, but can return to class as of Dec. 20

San Antonio Spurs forward Matt Bonner (15), of Concord, N.H., shoots the ball against Boston Celtics center Tyler Zeller (44) during the second half at TD Garden.

Rapper Lil B gives shoutout to…Matt Bonner?

Manchester Central's Tyler Stratton watches his shot get by Spaulding High School (Rochester) goalie Derek Scott during a shootout at the 2012 Bauer Christmas Hockey Classic hosted at JFK Coliseum in Manchester.

VFW downsizing threatens Spaulding hockey due to loss of venue for Bingo fundraisers

Eagles notes: Kelly committed to current job

5 face riot charges in beating incident at football game

Ayotte rips top sports league commissioners for snubbing hearing on domestic violence

Manchester Monarchs sign Josh Gratton to AHL contract

MORE

 New Hampshire Events Calendar
    

    SHARE EVENTS FOR PUBLICATION, IT'S FREE!

Upcoming Events

 New Hampshire Business Directory

  

    ADD YOUR BUSINESS TODAY!