Originally written on Oregon Sports News  |  Last updated 1/16/13
This is not a knock on Chip Kelly.  He has every right to leave, every right to chase his dream, and every right to choose his path in life; however, equally righteous are Oregon fans’ right to move beyond the coach who provided them with so many great memories, and look to the future of a program prepared for business-as-usual. After the “I’s” are dotted and “T’s” are crossed, I expect within a few days that Offensive Coordinator and native Oregonian Mark Helfrich will be named Kelly’s successor.  This isn’t a scoop, for anyone with at least one eye on the program over the last calendar year is aware of Oregon’s alleged plan regarding Chip’s seemingly eminent departure.  But what it is and what it can be for arguably one of the most successful programs in college football over the past 5 years, is an opportunity to keep the train on the tracks and do so behind a man with Oregon roots, a strong knowledge of the very system responsible for where they are today, and a coach who migh
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