Chip Kelly is a multi-tasking expert.
Kelly coached Oregon in its fourth consecutive BCS game Thursday night while NFL interviews loom this weekend. He downplayed the possibility of becoming an NFL head coach, but what does he tell his players?
With Oregon headed for a hearing before the NCAA committee on infractions in the coming months amid an investigation of the Ducks' use of a football recruiting service, Kelly seems poised to bolt for NFL riches while the college program he supervised faces possible NCAA sanctions.
A year ago, during the peak of the recruiting season, Kelly nearly took the Tampa Bay Buccaneers job. He remained in Eugene, telling recruits such as Arik Armstead of Pleasant Grove that he couldn't promise he would remain his coach more than one more season.
Score one for honesty, at least in that case.
College coaches have evaded NCAA sanctions before, of course. Pete Carroll fled USC following the 2009 season as NCAA investigators closed in, eventually levying severe sanctions.
The Oregon investigation stems from a $25,000 payment the football program made to a Texas recruiting service. Oregon recruit Lache Seastrunk was "mentored" by Willie Lyles, the scouting service provider, which reeks of undue influence.
After his freshman year, Seastrunk left Oregon for Baylor. And before those NCAA hearings begin, Kelly may be gone, too, to an NFL camp.
What to watch
NBA, Kings at Toronto, 4 p.m., CSNCA: Cousins and company go for their second road win in a row.
Should college coaches be penalized for NCAA infractions?
Yes, but only if they are still at the school
Yes, even if they leave
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Thursday's poll results
Which game will you watch Monday night?
BCS Championship: 57%
Kings at Sleep Train: 8%
Kings on TV: 23%
Total votes: 232
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