By DWIGHT JAYNES
Like a lot of people, this morning I find myself wondering how the latest news about the NCAA probe into Oregon football is going to affect Chip Kelly's decision about staying as the coach of the Ducks.
For sure, he's going to get plenty of offers from the NFL and I'd bet that one or two of them will come from quality franchises with a lot of money to throw his way.
I'm sure most people believe that if Kelly sees probation headed his way at Oregon -- especially a bowl ban -- he'd head for the NFL, like so many college coaches before him. It's become something of a cliche to watch football and basketball coaches, with the NCAA nipping at their heels, head for the safety of pro ball one step ahead of the law.
But Kelly is a different kind of guy. And I believe him to be a man of character and integrity who holds his program and university in high regard. I know he certainly goes the extra mile for his players.
I have a funny feeling that he wouldn't leave under those adverse circumstances, that he'd stick around at least through the whatever penalties come Oregon's way. And I also believe he knows how good this team will be over the next two seasons and probation or not, he loves winning games -- which the Ducks are going to do in a big way.
Of course, I'm wrong just as often as anybody else. I don't pretend to have any particular insight into Kelly or his thought process. I certainly wish I did. If he gets out of this state without sitting down for a "Posting Up" show with me, I'll consider it a very big failure on my part. He's one of the most interesting people I've ever come across in this business.
But I'm wondering what you think -- does this thing increase the chances he'll be gone after the season? Does it decrease the odds? Does it mean, for sure, he'll grab an NFL job?
Tell me what you think.