Under Chip Kelly, the Ducks have taken tremendous strides.
National exposure, recruiting alongside the national powers, fans all across the country, expected Top 10 rankings—none of these things were on Oregon's radar until Chip Kelly settled in as head coach. The Ducks had dipped their toe in the national scene from time to time over the years, but now they belong.
It's how national powerhouses get built. Oregon may be the "nouveau riche" today, but so was Alabama at some point in its trajectory to the top.
But the Ducks aren't quite all the way there yet. There are still nonbelievers, especially among the old-school sportswriters and media personalities. People who think the Ducks are "cute" and "flashy."
True Oregon fans know that Chip Kelly's teams are far more than cute and flashy—that the Ducks thrive because of hard work and the "Win The Day" mentality.
If Kelly leaves tomorrow for greener pastures, that won't all go away. But wouldn't it be more satisfying personally to know that you were the main guy who took Oregon from nowhere all the way to the top of the heap?