Is Chris Petersen Favorite to Replace Chip Kelly at Oregon?

By Patrick Schmidt
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Oregon is expected to have a coaching vacancy after Chip Kelly decides to take an NFL job, and the Ducks should break the bank to lure Chris Petersen away from Boise State.

Petersen has been rumored to be a candidate at a plethora of schools in the past few years and this season was a rumored candidate at Wisconsin, California and Arkansas. However, I think that was more wishful thinking from the school’s athletic directors and university presidents rather than legitimate interest from Petersen in those jobs.

However, should Oregon have a vacancy I believe that the interest would and should be reciprocated between the school and Petersen who just capped off his seventh season with a win in the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas to run his record to 84-8, including a 5-2 mark in bowl games.

Petersen is unlikely to find a more attractive job than Oregon and would be foolish to rebuff the Ducks attempts to hire him if the opportunity is presented before him.

Oregon will provide him with unlimited resources, a substantial raise from his $2 million salary, a stable conference with its own television network and the opportunity to return to the university where he was wide receivers coach from 1995-2000.

Mark Helfrich is the current offensive coordinator for the Ducks and has held that job since Kelly was hired to take over as head coach following the retirement of Mike Belotti and could be the contingency plan if Petersen stays at Boise.

No offense to Helfrich who has enjoyed a very successful stint as the offensive coordinator, but if I’m the Ducks I am doing everything possible to get Petersen out of Boise and I make him an offer he can’t refuse so he has no choice but to take the Oregon job.

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