By DWIGHT JAYNES
I'd be happy to be able to relate to you Chip Kelly's reasoning behind returning to the University of Oregon for another football season. But I can't even pretend to know the truth.
Why would the man conduct marathon interviews with two different National Football League teams and then walk away from millions and millions of dollars to return to a school that could be facing NCAA sanctions?
No clue. Not sure I ever will know. Have no idea what he's looking for and what didn't satisfy him about those NFL jobs. Have no idea why he's coming back. I wrote this blog post five days before Christmas and have been thinking about it for the last few days, as Kelly's decision to return to Oregon went public.
Did the upcoming showdown with the NCAA have anything to do with Kelly coming back? Did he want to stand up before a committee and tell his side of the story? Does he want to ride out whatever mistake he might have made and take the punishment himself?
Frankly, I don't know. But I do know this and for my money, it counts A LOT: Kelly could have run. He could have skipped town like so many college coaches before him have, one step ahead of the posse.
He could have walked away a very much richer man than he is right now and let the university deal with the residue of his tenure as the head football coach. But he did not do that and I, for one, respect that a lot.