A  week ago, Chip Kelly to the NFL talk was dominating Wild Card Weekend.

Looking back on Kelly’s decision to stay at Oregon, here are some reflections on what transpired:

1) I thought he was a lock to go.  But I was pleased Chip did not take an NFL job with a team that has a lousy roster.  If/when he goes it should be the right situation because…

2) Phil Knight knows a winner when he sees one.  The reported extra million dollars per year to keep Kelly is chump change to Uncle Phil and others like him because…

3) It is cheaper to “own” a college program than a pro team!  OK St (Pickens), Maryland (Plank) and Oregon are examples of NCAA programs with an acknowledged major booster.  This trend will pick up in the next ten years because…

4) There are a lot of schools without that major donor that are seeking one because…

5) In men’s hoops & football, facilities are the key to recruiting, but college president’s are reticent to commit limited campus resources to improving facilities.  This is important to Chip Kelly because…

6) While many suggest Oregon’s recruiting will take a hit as other coaches point out Kelly’s flirtations with the NFL, as long as the Ducks’ facilities keep up (or exceed) the competition’s, recruiting won’t take a major hit because….

7) The succession plan is in place.  as long as recruits think OC Helfrich is lined up to keep the Ducks’ high octane offense in place, most recruits will be willing to commit.  And that is important because…

8) There is almost no doubt that this circus will happen again next year!  Watching Kaepernick last night only increased interest in NFL decision makers in pursuing forward thinking offensive minds.  And with Belichick’s admiration for/adoption of some of Chip Kelly’s principles, this story is NOT going away!

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