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Kelly, Eaton, Brenner take top awards

The Oregon Sports Awards recognizes pro, college, prep standouts from 2012
Feb. 10, 2013

The University of Oregon dominated the top awards, both with current and future athletes, at the Oregon Sports Awards Sunday at the Nike Campus in Beaverton.

Kenjon Barner of the Oregon football program and Elizabeth Brenner of the Ducks's volleyball, basketball, softball and track and field programs, were honored with the top awards, the Bill Hayward Amatuer Athlete of the Year.

Football coach Chip Kelly, decathlete Ashon Eaton, the University of Oregon women's indoor track, women's cross country, acrobatics and tumbling team as well as incoming freshmen Thomas Tyner of Aloha High and Haley Crouser of Gresham were also honored. Tyner and Crouser were honored with the Johnny Carpenter Prep Athlete of the Year Award.

Eaton, an Oregon alum, won the decathlon at the London Olympics and was the  men's Harry Glickman Professional Athlete of the Year, while University of Portland alum Megan Rapinoe was the women's winner for her role on the U.S. Women's Soccer team winning the Olympic gold.

2012 AWARDS

Bill Hayward Amateur Athlete of the Year
MALE: Kenjon Barner, University of Oregon football
FEMALE: Elizabeth Brenner, University of Oregon volleyball, basketball, softball, track and field
Harry Glickman Professional Athlete of the Year
MALE: Ashton Eaton,Oregon Track Club Elite and Team USA track and field
FEMALE: Megan Rapinoe, Team USA soccer
Slats Gill Sportsperson of the Year
Chip Kelly, University of Oregon football coach, and Erik Spoelstra, Miami Heat basketball coach
Ad Rutschman Small College Athlete of the Year (male)
MALE: Mitch Lofstedt, Southern Oregon University wrestling
FEMALE: Staci Doucette, Linfield College softball
George Pasero Teams of the Year
Winners: Blue Mountain Community College volleyball; Oregon Institute of Technology men's basketball; University of Oregon acrobatics and tumbling; University of Oregon women's cross country; University of Oregon women's indoor track
DNA Award
(To an individual or organization for extraordinary passion and dedication to sports in Oregon)
Danny Miles, Oregon Institute of Technology men's basketball coach
Game Changer Award
(to individuals who have dedicated their lives to high school sports and made compelling changes in their schools and communities)
Bobbie Steninger, Lakeview High
Lou Burge Special Olympics Athlete of the Year
Dony Knight, Sutherlin High
Johnny Carpenter Prep Athlete of the Year
Class 6A/5A male

MALE: Thomas Tyner, Aloha High football
FEMALE: Haley Crouser, Gresham High track and field, volleyball
Class 4A/3A/2A/1A
MALE: Oshay Dunmore, Newport High, multiple sports
FEMALE: Baily Bennett, Heppner High, multiple sports

PREP SPORT AWARDS

Football Player of the Year
Thomas Tyner, Aloha High
Volleyball Player of the Year
Tani Stephens, West Albany High
Boys Soccer Player of the Year
Christo Michaelson, Jesuit High
Girls Soccer Player of the Year
Ariel Viera, Scappoose High
Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year
Travis Neuman, Summit High
Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year
Sara Tsai, South Eugene High
Boys Basketball Player of the Year
Calvin Hermanson, Lake Oswego High
Girls Basketball Player of the Year
Mercedes Russell, Springfield High
Wrestler of the Year
Zac Brunson, Churchill High
Boys Swimmer of the Year
Cameron Stitt, Sunset High
Girls Swimmer of the Year
Sarah Kaunitz, Lake Oswego High
Baseball Player of the Year
Carson Kelly, Westview High
Softball Player of the Year
Maryssa Becker, North Medford High
Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year
Oshay Dunmore, Newport High
Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year
Haley Crouser, Gresham High
Boys Golfer of the Year
Sulman Raza, South Eugene High
Girls Golfer of the Year
Gigi Stoll, Beaverton High
Boys Tennis Player of the Year
Goutham Sundaram, Lincoln High
Girls Tennis Player of the Year
Erin Larner, Jesuit High

Kelly heads for Philly

The NFL apparently wasn't as interesting to Ducks' coach
Jan. 16, 2013

In a relatively stunning reversal of commitment, Chip Kelly agreed to become the coach of the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles Wednesday, leaving the University of Oregon after four years.

The move ended two years of speculation that he would head to the NFL after leading the Ducks to a BCS game all four years he was the head coach in Eugene, including a spot in the national championship game in 2011.

 

KELLY SIGNALS HE'S RETURNING TO OREGON

January 6, 2013

Chip Kelly apparently did some window shopping over the weekend, but chose not to open any doors in the Mall of the NFL, according to media reports.

Kelly, who has led the University of Oregon to four BCS bowl games, including the national championship game in 2011, will head to his fifth season in spring and possibly be ranked No. 1 when play begins in September.

Oregon, which beat Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl Thursday, returns flanker DeAnthony Thomas, quarterback Marcus Mariotta and has the state's all-time leader in rushing yards, Thomas Tyner, entering as a freshman.

Oregon finished 12-1.

 

KELLY TOP CHOICE FOR EAGLES

Dec. 29, 2012

If, as expected, the Philadelphia Eagles let go of head coach Andy Reid at the end of the season, they are expected to make a hard push to land Oregon head coach Chip Kelly to replace Reid.

CBS Sports writer Jason La Confora reported Sunday that the Eagles are expected to target Kelly quickly, and that he could soon become the favorite for the position. La Canfora reported that Kelly is “expected to make the jump” from Oregon to the NFL because of possible sanction that coule be coming to the university's football program.

The NCAA investigated Oregon after questions about a 2010 payment of $25,000 to Willie Lyles and his Houston-based recruiting service. Lyles was involved with a player from Texas who committed to Oregon.

Kelly flirted with the possibility of becoming the Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach after last season, but he ultimately backed out after almost agreeing to a deal, saying he had “unfinished business to complete” at Oregon. The Ducks will finish out their season Jan. 3 in the Fiesta Bowl against Kansas State.

The 49-year-old Kelly is considered one of the brightest offensive minds in college football. In four seasons as Oregon’s head coach, he has a record of 45-7. He has led the Ducks to four consecutive BCS bowl games, including the 2010 BCS National Championship game.

The Ducks (11-1) play Kansas State (11-1) Jan. 3, in the Fiesta Bowl.

FROM SI.COM

 

Chip's got the hot life at Oregon

SPORTSLAND starts with some commentary on Chip Kelly
Jan. 7, 2013

So, what if the NFL isn't willing to pay for Chip Kelly the way he wants to be paid - with unique benefits.

Maybe, what the Cleveland Browns needed was a tour of Kelly's new office, which includes a hot tub.

There's a cable network series just waiting to be made based on Kelly and his office hot tub at the University of Oregon. "Executive Hot Tub," where producers find struggling businesses with potential space and then install a hot tub.

Imagine the smiles from those business owners.

Whatever Kelly saw in his tour of the beleagured NFL teams, he apparently didn't see a reason to leave Oregon and another upcoming run at the national championship. Oregon may very well open the season ranked No. 1 or 2, which the cast of Sportsland delved into in the first episode of 2013. There's the college football world, thoughts on the most likely road team to win in the NFL playoffs this weekend, and a review of the Blazers' run at making Damian Lillard the NBA Rookie of the Year as well as Terry Stotts the NBA Coach of the Year.

Oregon and Oregon State opened their Pac-12 Conference schedules on a unique night - Sunday, and the Ducks continue to put up a solid resume for being a challenger for the conference title.

And, the Winterhawks, they're in there, too.

It's all in 49 minutes of Podcasting from Blitz in the Pearl, located in Northwest Portland.

 

 

 

Chip Kelly and the NFL

Sun, 01/22/2012 - 10:02pm
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Jim Harbaugh had quite an affect on the world of professional football this year, and maybe even the world of college football, too.
How else can you explain Chip Kelly even considering a move from Eugene and the University of Oregon to Tampa and the NFL's Buccaneers?

But, it actually seems like a good idea for Kelly, especially after the Rose Bowl and his sit down with Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema on game day. As they were interviewed hours before the game, they were both identified as being single. Single dudes in charge of huge responsibilities overseeing a major college football program.

It's the kind of responsibility that comes with a lot of money, a lot of time and so many connections to other people having a hand in your pocket telling you what can work and what can't. They both have this kind of responsibility. Bielema, though, has an edge over Kelly in that he's on the way to getting married.

Maybe this is the way for Kelly to make time and space to find a soul mate. And, it's a great challenge, which Harbaugh seemed to be having a great time with this season, taking the San Francisco 49ers within a field goal of the Super Bowl in just his first year.
Harbaugh took over a 6-10 team. Kelly would be taking over a 2-14 team that lost its last 10 games.

He'd be in Florida, too. That's not saying anything bad about the prospects for marriage in Eugene, but that's gotta be in the mix.
Kelly's already gotten about as high as you can get in the college world and made millions off it, so money probably isn't one of this chief concerns. The task of running a pro football team is significantly less stressful that a college program, where you have tons of scouts scouring the nation, sometimes paying for info, sometimes not (the NCAA is looking over every teaspoon of sugar you put on your Wheaties), and you've got games that mean essentially nothing on your schedule - hello Missouri State.

And, there's no playoffs.

The NFL has a much simpler game plan for coaches - just win, baby. Get to the playoffs and win. College is like that, too, but the top colleges have a much better chance of attracting the best players, so they have an edge every time they talk to a player. The pro game attempts to make every team as equal as possible, giving the downtrodden teams a chance to rebuild through the draft. And, the Bucs have a great draft upcoming in that they get to pick early in each round because they were so downtrodden this past season.

Coaching is way more complex in the pro game because the season is longer and there's so much more pressure on winning - Oregon will sell out Autzen Stadium even in a 6-6 season. Tampa? People stop showing up when you're 8-8 or 2-14. That complexity has to be a lure for Kelly, and maybe even dealing with older men, too, the kinds of guys he can hang out with after a game or when the season is done.

Kelly has done great things in Eugene, and I've talked with friends about his leaving and can't see why he'd move to the NFL, especially because he can have about five average seasons and not even be close to getting moved out - plus, what's the odds the Ducks will even be remotely close to average anytime soon?

But, the NFL is the kind of challenge someone like Kelly has to be looking at as the next step in his career. The national title didn't happen, but he sure came close - twice.

And, there's that thing about being single.

If it doesn't happen this year, it's going to happen soon. Chip Kelly is too good of a partner for an NFL team, or a single lady, to pass on.

Kelly might have a single-minded pursuit of the NFL

Oregon's football coach has plenty of reasons to move to the pro game
Jan. 22, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com

Jim Harbaugh had quite an affect on the world of professional football this year, and maybe even the world of college football, too. How else can you explain Chip Kelly even considering a move from Eugene and the University of Oregon to Tampa and the NFL's Buccaneers?

But, it actually seems like a good idea for Kelly, especially after the Rose Bowl and his sit down with Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema on game day. As they were interviewed hours before the game, they were both identified as being single. Single dudes in charge of huge responsibilities overseeing a major college football program.

It's the kind of responsibility that comes with a lot of money, a lot of time and so many connections to other people having a hand in your pocket telling you what can work and what can't. They both have this kind of responsibility. Bielema, though, has an edge over Kelly in that he's on the way to getting married.

Maybe this is the way for Kelly to make time and space to find a soul mate. And, it's a great challenge, which Harbaugh seemed to be having a great time with this season, taking the San Francisco 49ers within a field goal of the Super Bowl in just his first year.

Harbaugh took over a 6-10 team. Kelly would be taking over a 2-14 team that lost its last 10 games.

He'd be in Florida, too. That's not saying anything bad about the prospects for marriage in Eugene, but there's a lot more people i Florida and a lot more social mixers.

Kelly's already gotten about as high as you can get in the college world and made millions off it, so money probably isn't one of this chief concerns. The task of running a pro football team is significantly less stressful that a college program, where you have tons of scouts scouring the nation, sometimes paying for info, sometimes not (the NCAA is looking over every teaspoon of sugar you put on your Wheaties), and you've got games that mean essentially nothing on your schedule - hello Missouri State.

And, there's no playoffs.

The NFL has a much simpler game plan for coaches - just win, baby. Get to the playoffs and win. College is like that, too, but the top colleges have a much better chance of attracting the best players, so they have an edge every time they talk to a player. The pro game attempts to make every team as equal as possible, giving the downtrodden teams a chance to rebuild through the draft. And, the Bucs have a great draft upcoming in that they get to pick early in each round because they were so downtrodden this past season.

Coaching is way more complex in the pro game because the season is longer and there's so much more pressure on winning - Oregon will sell out Autzen Stadium even in a 6-6 season. Tampa? People stop showing up when you're 8-8 or 2-14. That complexity has to be a lure for Kelly, and maybe even dealing with older men, too, the kinds of guys he can hang out with after a game or when the season is done.

Kelly has done great things in Eugene, and I've talked with friends about his leaving and can't see why he'd move to the NFL, especially because he can have about five average seasons and not even be close to getting moved out - plus, what's the odds the Ducks will even be remotely close to average anytime soon?

But, the NFL is the kind of challenge someone like Kelly has to be looking at as the next step in his career. The national title didn't happen, but he sure came close - twice.

And, there's that thing about being single.

If it doesn't happen this year, it's going to happen soon. Chip Kelly is too good of a partner for an NFL team, or a single lady, to pass on.

Oregon, Pac-12 survive inaugural title game

Fri, 12/02/2011 - 11:24pm
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As Chip Kelly prepared to head for the locker room after the first half, FOX Sports sideline commentator Tim Brewster asked Oregon coach Chip Kelly how he felt about his team's play and he talked about the need to limit mistakes and catch passes. Fans watching the game could only agree with Kelly on the opportunities the Duck missed to make a statement to the nation.

Forget, of course, that the Ducks had 35 points at the time. The inaugural Pac-12 Football Championship Game was that frustrating to watch with any kind of perspective as the Ducks won 49-31 and earned a spot in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 2.

Oregon blew out UCLA in the first half, but the score could have been even more of a blowout if just a couple plays had gone differently.

The Ducks were never in danger of losing to a team that lost 50-0 last week and was playing under its coach for the final time after his firing Monday. Oregon had dreams of playing in the BCS Title game just two weeks ago. The Ducks caused a turnover in two plays, then scored in four, with LaMichael James running untouched through the Bruins' version of the Sahara Desert Defense that included no linebackers or even one safety.

So, how would a 70-0 win in a conference title game look?

Then Oregon relaxed. Its next two drives ended in turnovers, including one that got returned for a score and tied the game 7-all. Oregon played undisciplined in all facets of its game, including a flock of penalties, and still scored 49 points. That would've led some people to Tweet something like "we sucked, and still creamed them."

UCLA never had a chance to win, but it won by not getting absolutely blown out.

So, what score would've made the Pac-12 look better - 70-0, where Oregon played at the level it would've needed to beat USC? Or the actual 49-31, where Oregon played at a level where coaches would've busted blood vessels had they been playing an elite-level opponent, yet still won by three scores?

The Pac-12, which had four of its 12 coaches fired this year, didn't fare much better, especially with the game coverage on FOX Sports. Audio didn't work regularly. There were numerous points where camerawork seemed to be without any direction, including the halftime Tuition Toss. De'Anthony Thomas disappeared from the game for an unknown reason, but showed up on the sideline, which caused Brewster to point out that only time would tell if Thomas would play again. That's some solid sideline work.

Of course, Oregon vs. UCLA isn't exactly Wisconsin vs. Michigan State. FOX Sports won't be making those errors in the Big 10 title game.

To put an exclamation point on the uneven evening, Kelly verbally pumped up conference sponsors Dr. Pepper and UPS on the stage quickly erected in an end zone, shortly after honoring outgoing University of Oregon President Richard Lariviere.

What an evening. It sure didn't make the Pac-12 look like an even competitor to a conference like the Big 10, but that can all be wiped away on Jan. 2 in the Rose Bowl.

The BCS will take care of itself for Oregon

Mon, 11/14/2011 - 7:41am
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Looking at the latest BCS football rankings, it's pretty easy to get a little pumped up about where the Oregon Ducks are in relation to Alabama and look ahead to what might happen if certain wins and losses play out the right way.

Oregon might get screwed and not be in the national title game for a second straight year because Eastern voters are in love with the Southeastern Conference.

The BCS computers love the SEC, too.

But, Oregon fans, and college football fans nationally, needn't worry about what might happen if LSU wins the SEC title game, Oregon wins the Pac-12 title, Oklahoma State loses to Oklahoma and Alabama wins its last two games.

Oregon should be in the final. Or the BCS should be scrapped in favor of a playoff system.

I'd be happy either way.

For starters, Oregon won't get into the final without an Oklahoma State loss. That's to Oklahoma, which is right on the heels of the Ducks, and would give Sooners fans a huge argument in favor of their school being in the final.

It's not hard to see the SEC champion in the final, too, since much of the Top 25 involves SEC teams, so that champion has earned its place if it's LSU, Alabama or Arkansas. Only an upset in the final by Georgia would open that spot up to Oregon or Oklahoma.

What really messes the whole national title game up is LSU and Alabama winning out, Oklahoma State losing to Oklahoma and the BCS computer moving Alabama up to No. 2 and scheduling a rematch with LSU in the title game - even though Alabama would not be a conference champion.

This scenario would only happen because the Pac-12 is so weak - only Oregon is ranked this week, and the Big 12 doesn't have a conference title game.

Plenty of voters could easily argue Alabama would actually be the second-best team in the nation. And, they might be, too.

That scenario would scream for two more rounds of playoffs - the winners of the four big bowls: Orange, Suger, Fiesta and Rose; playing in two semifinals at home sites, and then the champions playing in the title game at the site already selected, say Jan. 21 this season. The college football world is already moving there, it just might move there faster if LSU and Alabama are in the title game this season.

 

Chip Kelly finally crosses midfield on the likability meter

Mon, 09/13/2010 - 7:21am
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I haven’t been much of a Chip Kelly fan since he arrived from Div. I-AA four years ago, but that changed Saturday night.

It happened late in the first half at Tennessee, just as tailback LaMichael James hit the grass after a one-yard gain to set up fourth-and-1 at the Oregon 48. Oregon trailed 13-3 at the time and was struggling to get anything going against the the mostly inexperienced Volunteers and, beer in hand, I yelled at my television “we gotta get something going here - go for it.” And, Kelly did, without hesitation. Quarterback Darron Thomas handed the ball to back-up tailback Kenjon Barner and he followed his experienced offensive line forward for 3 yards and a first down. The Ducks got only a field goal out of the drive, but quickly got the ball back and drove 62 yards in four plays for the tying touchdown with 1:04 left in the half.

It’s that last 64 seconds that really sold me on Kelly.

Tennessee got the ball on its 23 with plenty of time to drive for more points, but seemingly elected to run out the clock and head to the lockers with a 13-all tie – a huge victory of sorts for an unranked team with a first-year coach against the seventh-ranked Ducks.

Oregon used a timeout, which had me wondering what Kelly was doing. Why make the half longer so that the Vols have more of a chance to score? The ESPN commentators talked about the Ducks maybe getting the ball back, but Oregon only had one timeout left and wasn’t going to get the ball back without a turnover, so what was the point with that?

Then it hit me, that’s brilliant … and just plain mean. Psychological warfare.

What Kelly did was effectively tell Tennessee the game could be as long as possible, they weren’t going to win.

And that’s what happened. In the third quarter, Oregon moved at will on offense with three touchdowns, pummeled the Vols on defense – scoring on an interception return, and even scored on special teams – a punt return by Barner.

New Mexico? Tennessee? At least the Vols didn’t get shut out in front of their fans, who mostly left by the start of the fourth quarter.

As a fan who wants to see a little of himself within the coach of any of his favorite teams, those last minutes of the first half sold me on Kelly and his sweatsuits. Maybe Mike Bellotti really did know what he was doing in handing the program off to Kelly.

So, how or when can Oregon schedule Texas or Alabama? Maybe even Boise State again. Bring ‘em on.

This Better Work

Sun, 08/29/2010 - 5:42pm
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Chip Kelly’s decision to go with Darron Thomas over Nate Costa at quarterback makes sense coming from a man known as a risk taker, but there may be one off-the-field risk he didn’t take into account when choosing his starter.  Costa, a 5th year senior who has fought back from injury over and over again, has more experience in the sense that he’s more familiar with the playbook, and was supposed to be the starter 2 years ago before hurting his knee.  This in turn has earned familiarity and respect from his peers in the locker room.  How much backlash could be coming from the upper classmen on the team over this decision to go with the inexperienced sophomore instead of Costa?

The Ducks Quarterback Controversy 2010 has been billed as experience vs. potential.  If you want veteran leadership and in-depth knowledge of the playbook, you want Costa.  If you want high-risk, high reward, big play potential, you want Thomas.  Just think back to the big 4th quarter explosion against Boise State two years ago, when Thomas went for 210 yards and 3 touchdowns in the period while almost rallying the Ducks back from a 19 point deficit.  After it all played out and the announcement was made on Friday, I’m not sure it was that simple.

Chip Kelly has a “win-now” mentality.  He realizes he has a very talented, experienced team (17 returning starters) that’s favored to win the Pac-10 this year.  The potential future benefits of giving Thomas the reins speak for themselves.  He could a 3 year starter, in the same mold of player as Dennis Dixon.  Since Kelly only cares about the now, not the later, this means Thomas most likely won outright in the competition against Costa.  He’s not in there for his potential.  He’s in there because right now, he’s the better quarterback. 

This drastically helps his case against any possible backlash.  Even though an older player will have paid his dues, if the younger player is simply better, then he should be the one taking the field.  Hopefully, most of the upperclassmen will realize this, despite any loyalty they may feel towards Costa. 

The real problems will come to a head should Thomas flounder in any of the early games.  The Ducks’ non-conference schedule could very well have them at 3-0 going into Pac-10 play.  First up will be New Mexico, a seemingly simple Mountain West opponent that only won one game last year.  Then the Ducks have to travel to Tennessee to take on the Volunteers in a very winnable matchup against an average SEC team.  Then they wrap up the non-conference schedule back home against the lowly Portland State Vikings, a Big Sky team whose biggest news this offseason was that they were going back to their familiar green jerseys.

The Lobos and Vikings games should be cakewalks for Thomas and the Ducks.  Any struggles he shows there should be red flags, and the concerned upperclassmen will have their concerns validated.  Mark the Tennessee game as the first genuine litmus test of the Darren Thomas decision.  An inexperienced, young, underclassman quarterback making his second career start on the road in the SEC will face a very uncomfortable situation at Neyland Stadium.  If he’s successful, this will be a good sign for the Ducks.  This year’s Vols team is of about the same quality as most other Pac-10 teams.  If he struggles, expect to hear cries to bring on the Senior.  Hopefully, for Thomas’, Kelly’s, and the Ducks’ sake, Thomas will not struggle early on, because locker room dissonance can only hurt the situation, especially during an in-season quarterback controversy. 

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