Originally posted on Oregon Sports News  |  Last updated 1/25/12

TAMPA - NOVEMBER 24: Brian Kelly #25 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers makes his first interception of the day and eludes a tackle attempt by Bubba Franks #88 of the Green Bay Packers during NFL action on November 24, 2002 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The Bucs defeated the Packers 21-7. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
The city of Eugene and much of the state of Oregon let out a collective phew as coach Chip Kelly announced that he would not be jumping to the NFL but had chosen rather to attend to “unfinished business” with the Ducks instead of trying to right the ship with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The rest of the Pac-12 probably responded with words I ought not repeat here, thinking they had been rid of that pesky wizard with his five-wide formations and his fourth-down conversions. But these two reactions, love from one’s friends and fear from one’s enemies, testify to the fact that Chip Kelly is a hot commodity right now. This brings to my mind the fortunes of another Kelly. No, I’m not talking about some lady friend of mine, nor am I referring to Kelly Kapowski, Kellie Pickler, Jim Kelly, Kelly’s Heroes, or my aunt Kelly. I mean Brian Kelly, the head coach of my beloved Fighting Irish. Now, you might be thinking, “Nick, this is a cheap way to sneak some Notre Dame talk into an Oregon sports...
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