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Was Chip Kelly Gross’ Choice?

Posted by Todd Kramer on December 4, 2008

That’s what Donnie Webb at seems to think.  Kelly was nabbed as Mike Bellotti’s successor at Oregon yesterday, throwing at least some sort of wrench into Daryl Gross’ coaching search.  Gross had already spoken with Kelly and was scheduled to meet with him again this week — a meeting Webb thought was just a “formality.” 

But if Gross were so high on Kelly, wouldn’t he at least offer the Ducks’ offensive coordinator the job?  I mean being named a successor does not mean Kelly is taking over at OU tomorrow.  That’s why I’m skeptical as to whether Kelly was really Gross’ guy. 

So where do we stand now in the search to replace Greg Robinson?  It’s possible that Boise State head coach Chris Petersen could become an option (a longshot, but still an option).  Oregon reportedly was the one job Petersen was interested in out west.  Other than that, here’s a look at the search thus far:


Lane Kiffin (hired as Tennessee’s next head coach); Mike Locksley (Illinois offensive coordinator); Al Golden (Temple head coach); and Mark Whipple (offensive assistant, Eagles)


Skip Holtz (East Carolina head coach); Turner Gill (Buffalo head coach); Doug Marrone (Saints offensive coordinator); Steve Addazio (University of Florida assistant)


Kevin Rogers, Vikings quarterbacks coach (Donovan McNabb); Marrone (Rob Burnett); Randy Edsall, UConn head coach (Qadry Ismail)


One Response to “Was Chip Kelly Gross’ Choice?”

  1. fantomtoo2 said

    Don’t be stupid…hire Mark Whipple.

    His is a winner. Took a 2-9 team to a national championship at UMass in his first year as head coach (beating Paul Johnsson’s defending national champs, GA Southern).
    He is an offensive genius.
    He has a proven track record as a college head coach and turnaround specialist.
    He has a Super Bowl ring.
    He is an excellent recruiter with established contacts along the east coast and in AZ.
    He would take this as his last job; not as a stepping stone to some place else.
    He didn’t get the BC job in 2007 because he did not want to keep O’Brien’s DC and wanted to hire his own. Who can blame him for wanting to hire his own staff?

    Although neither an SU alum or “big name” coach, his hiring would be a no brainer by a good AD.

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