Chip Kelly is gone and this time he isn't coming back. Oregon football will survive, with or without Mark Helfrich as head coach, but it might never be the same.
Oregon fans everywhere are stunned at Kelly's change of heart, including the UO Athletic Director Rob Mullens. In a hastily arranged press conference after Kelly's 7:15 am phone call to Mullens, the AD discussed the process to hire a replacement head coach.
Many believe that current offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich is next in line, and that Mullens will simply go through a "process" to satisfy Oregon state law on how state employees get hired. But listen to Mullens' words and you might come to a different conclusion; he seems sincere about not anointing Helfrich just yet.
That's the right approach, and here's why.