Friday, July 1, 2011

The saddest part of all of this

It was all so unnecessary. Chip Kelly was a dynamic, innovative coach. The Ducks had success, an exciting offense, fantastic facilities. They were getting better and competing, making inroads with top talent, winning games. They made the National Championship game with recruiting classes that averaged about 24th in the country.

The success Oregon has had was exhilarating, but this price is too high. Three, four years ago we'd have been happy with 8-4, 9-3, a Holiday or a Sun Bowl now and then, and once every ten years or so with the right group of kids and a couple of breaks, a chance at the Rose Bowl or another top game. Get the right quarterback, a leader with charisma, flair and a fabulous will to win, a couple of hard-hitting linebackers, and have an occasional season for the ages.

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