Oregon Football: Where Ducks Should Turn If Chip Kelly Leaves for an NFL Job

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Oregon Football: Where Ducks Should Turn If Chip Kelly Leaves for an NFL Job
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Maybe you haven't heard, but Oregon head coach Chip Kelly could soon take his talents to the NFL.

After the Fiesta Bowl victory over Kansas State, Kelly is expected to interview with many teams at the next level in the coming weeks and could very well end up leaving Eugene for good. It is soon to be a sad day for college football—and Ducks fans, especially.

So where does Oregon turn from here if Kelly decides to skip town?

Reports indicate (h/t USA Today) that current offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich would become the head coach. However, none of that has been confirmed by the school. And even if this was the case, making a decision this big certainly can't be that easy. Not doing your proper research and at least looking into other possible candidates would be senseless.

Naming a new head coach will either make or break your program, and it is important to at least look into other possibilities.

So who would the best hire if Kelly does in fact move onto the NFL?

Let's take a look at the top five options for the Ducks if a coaching search needs to take place.

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