Ten days after it was announced that Chip Kelly was returning to Oregon, the coach was instead hired away by the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles. Kelly’s short but successful tenure at the school leaves a long shadow, but as WW hypothesized last month, he just might have been too good to stay at the college level.
Some reports have suggested that current Oregon offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich will be promoted to head coach. However, the University of Oregon is required to post the position on their website. A job description for the position is up—no prior head coaching experience required!—and sources say at least one obsessive Ducks fan is applying.
John Locanthi2220 NW Quimby St.Portland, OR 97210(503) firstname.lastname@example.org
January 17, 2013
Rob MullensAthletic DirectorUniversity of Oregon Athletic Department
Dear Mr. Mullens,
Over the past four years, Oregon's football program has become a national powerhouse. But now "Big Balls" Chip Kelly is taking his talents to the Eagles dynasty, leaving an opening at one of the most attractive coaching jobs in all of the Pac-12.
I’m sure your email box is stuffed with the resumes of worthy candidates eager to be summarily passed over for offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich. Allow me to be one more, but I do have some experience that is hard to come by. I bring on-the-field experience from my seven seasons as head coach of the North Carolina Tar Heels in EA Sports' NCAA Football 2006. The consecutive national titles speak for themselves, and my team won them in similar fashion to Kelly’s last year at Oregon: My backups routinely played the entire second halves of blowouts. However, not once did I deal with figures like Willie Lyles—in fact, the NCAA never investigated the program during my tenure. I was repeatedly invited to move up to the pros with a position leading the Oakland Raiders in Madden NFL 06, but politely declined without any undue fanfare.
That coaching experience and a lifetime spent as an armchair coach of the Oregon Ducks have given me an acute understanding of preparation, play-calling, clock management and hindsight. Perhaps you remember the timeout that gave Minnesota enough time to properly line up for the game-winning field goal in the More