When a well-wisher tried to congratulate him on Tuesday, Chip Kelly interrupted. Oregon’s new head coach had more pressing business to discuss:
“Happy St. Patrick’s Day!” exclaimed the new top Duck, who, it turned out, was making up for lost time. He’d forgotten it was St. Paddy’s Day until a post-lunch staff meeting. “I saw it in my day planner,” he said. “It’s not like [defensive coordinator] Nick Aliotti’s gonna remind me.”
While he wasn’t sporting green on Tuesday, Kelly will soon be taking home a lot more of it. Four days prior — and a year earlier than most people expected — Mike Bellotti announced he’d coached his final football game in Eugene. Bellotti will now ascend to the AD’s office, where he will serve as oracle and sounding board for Kelly.