Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly saw the writing on the wall. After going back and forth on making the jump to the NFL, looming action against the Ducks for NCAA violations made his choice much easier.
On Wednesday, the NCAA gave the Duck's football program a little slap on the wrist with three years probation and took away a pair of scholarships -- one each over the next two seasons -- for recruiting violations during Kelly's watch, John Marshall of The Associated Press reported, via Philly.com.
The NCAA's infraction committee also found in their investigation that Kelly and the school failed to monitor the recruiting program.
"I want to apologize to the University of Oregon, all of its current and former players and their fans," Kelly said in a statement released Wednesday, per Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer. "I accept my share of responsibility for the actions that led to the penalties. As I have I stated before, the NCAA investigation and subsequent ruling had no impact on my decision to leave Oregon for Philadelphia."
Chip Kelly statement: "I want to apologize to the University of Oregon, all of its current and former players and their fans. I accept my ..
— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) June 26, 2013