As it stands now, Chip Kelly is staying at Oregon. That's the bottom line. In case you went to bed early last night and are wondering what the heck everyone is talking about it, out of nowhere last night came rumors then confirmation that Kelly was on his way to Tampa to become the next Buccaneers coach. In unrelated news here in Nashville we had Tornado warnings so it was a pretty interesting night all around for me.
The Kelly news set off the dominos as to who would replace Kelly and this time the ripples of a coaching vacancy came way too close to home as everyone assumed Oregon's list would contain one and only one candidate, Chris Petersen. However, the most interesting thing to come out of this is that Oregon would not be necessarily be making the first call to Coach Pete. TCU coach Gary Patterson and current offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich would have been top targets also. My guess is that Phil Knight was not involved with making this list.
In in season news, the basketball team continues their skid with a loss to TCU on Saturday. Boise State had twice led by 15 points in the second half but let TCU back in it with an 18-2 run and the Horned Frogs ended up taking the game 54-52. It's the fourth straight loss for the guys and drops them to 10-8 on the year and 0-3 in conference.
This news came out Friday afternoon but I thought it deserved to be repeated. Former Boise State player and current Arizona Cardinal Daryn Colledge made a very sizable donation back to Boise State. The money is earmarked to upgrade the weight room equipment for the players. The donation comes after the first season of Colledge's five year, $27.5 million contract with $10 million of that guaranteed. Hooray for NFL players!
It's a sad ending for the the recently ousted coach. He battled lung cancer recently and that's the cause of death but you wonder how things would have played out without the stress of the Sandusky allegations. He made a mistake, but he will ultimately be remembered for what he did not what he didn't do.