Posted August 28, 2012 on AP on Fox
Oregon coach Chip Kelly is no doubt ready to see his team take the field after an eventful offseason for him and his program. He has named Marcus Mariota the school's first freshman starting quarterback in an opener in 21 years as the fifth-ranked Ducks open the campaign Saturday night against reigning Sun Belt Conference champion Arkansas State. Kelly flirted with taking the Tampa Bay Buccaneers job this offseason before opting to stay with the Ducks. The NCAA alleged in February that Oregon violated the organization's regulations in the way the school used recruiting services over the past four years, and an investigation could be pending. The coach later was forced to address a story in ESPN The Magazine reporting on widespread marijuana use among his players. "If we had that many kids doing it, we wouldn't be 34-6 (over the last three seasons)," Kelly said in April. His club went 12-2 a year ago, winning the Rose Bowl over Wisconsin after its third straight conference title...
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