Did Chip Kelly Leave Oregon to Coach Philadelphia Eagles Due to Sanctions?

By Dan Parzych

He hasn’t even coached his first game with the Philadelphia Eagles, yet Chip Kelly may already be facing criticism heading into the 2013 season now that the Oregon football program has apparently committed major violations.

These violations appeared to have taken place from 2008 to 2011 and it appears the school has proposed a two-year probation and a scholarship reduction that will take place over the next three seasons. While details are still coming in about the sanctions, it’s difficult not make the connection between Kelly joining the Eagles coaching staff in January.

At first, Kelly turned down the job from Philadelphia as he claimed he wanted to return to the Ducks, but then he made a surprise move shortly after by agreeing to become the team’s head coach for the 2013 season. There’s still plenty of investigating that needs to take place to see if there’s any connection between Kelly and the sanctions, but there’s no question it does seem suspicious.

This wouldn’t be the first time a college program would see one of their beloved head coaches leave and be investigated for sanctions later on–so it will be interesting to see how this situation turns out for Kelly and Oregon. Either way, Kelly’s focus now is helping Philadelphia bounce back from a disappointing 2012 season in which they finished with a 4-12 record.

Still though, if there is a connection between these sanctions and Kelly’s sudden departure from Oregon–the Eagles certainly aren’t going to be happy about it.

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