Originally written November 18, 2012 on Pro Football Zone:
According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, a looming NCAA inveistigation into the University if Oregon football program could prompt head coach Chip Kelly to head to the NFL. The NCAA has been conducting a lengthy investigation into possible payments to intermediaries with ties to recruits. And while the governing body has announced no timetable for any decisions, according to sources with knowledge of the situation, the sanctions could be severe and a decision could be coming after the season. In recent months, the NCAA has conducted interviews lasting six hours or more with “recruiting services” personnel connected to the program, and NFL executives see the situation as being similar to when Pete Carroll left USC to head to the Seahawks in 2010. Carroll bolted to Seattle with sanctions looming, and months later USC was hit with a two-year bowl ban and scholarship reductions that have plagued the program throughout Lane Kiffin’s tenure. Carroll had interviewed for NFL jobs in previous years, most notably with the Dolphins and 49ers, only to remain in the college ranks, but finally left for Seattle at a time when the NCAA was getting close to leveling discipline against the program. There is always the possibility that Nike tycoon and Oregon benefactor Phil Knight digs even deeper into his pockets to keep Kelly in the face of potential sanctions and controversy. But as we creep closer to the end of the season, possible suitors have become more convinced that Kelly is prepared to do more than just flirt with NFL teams this winter. Kelly woudn’t be the first college football coach to bolt for the NFL right before the NCAA hands down sanctions on his team.  Pete Carroll did the same thing when he left USC for the Seattle Seahawks.   var _CI = _CI || {}; (function() { var script = document.createElement('script'); ref = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; _CI.counter = (_CI.counter) ? _CI.counter + 1 : 1; document.write(''); script.type = 'text/javascript'; script.src = 'http://widget.crowdignite.com/widgets/27484?_ci_wid=_CI_widget_'+_CI.counter; script.async = true; ref.parentNode.insertBefore(script, ref); })(); sr_adspace_id = 1000005525107; sr_adspace_width = 300; sr_adspace_height = 250; sr_ad_new_window = true; sr_adspace_type = "graphic";
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