Originally written on The Duck Stops Here  |  Last updated 1/16/13
You can't fault anyone for pursuing a dream, but Kelly could have exited in a more graceful manner. A coach who built a 46-7 record with meticulous planning and bold execution pulled a clumsy zone read keeper in the end, negotiating with NFL teams over a long weekend after the Fiesta Bowl win, calling Sunday January 7 to assure Athletic Director Rob Mullens he was remaining as Ducks Coach, then cutting back against the grain to accept an offer from the Eagles today. The announcement comes just three scant weeks before National Signing Day, and leaves key Duck verbal commits like speedster Dontre Wilson and athletic twins Tyree and Terrell Robinson pulling back to consider other schools. Wilson announced plans to visit Ohio State, while the Robinson twins will entertain offers from USC and Notre Dame. The linchpin of the class, Aloha running back Thomas Tyner, a 6-2, 220-pound phenom with 10.36 speed in the 100-meter dash, appears to be safely in the Oregon fold after a visit from...
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