by Travis Normand
According to several reports, Chip Kelly will turn down several NFL offers and remain the head coach at the University of Oregon.
While some will bash Kelly for flirting with the NFL two years in a row, I don’t really have a problem with it. After all, he appears to be one of the few coaches who is able to keep his team focused and unaffected by the numerous NFL rumors.
The fact that Kelly has talked to NFL teams after the 2011 and 2012 seasons, only to remain at Oregon, tells me that he is willing to listen to any NFL team that comes calling — but that shouldn’t be misconstrued as a real interest on his part. Or, maybe he is interested in going to the NFL — if, and only if, everything about the offer is perfect.
Regardless of why Kelly is staying at Oregon, the fact remains that he will be there for the 2013 season. I, for one, am ecstatic. Why? Several reasons.
 With Kelly staying, Oregon will remain a top program and will continue to run their exciting fast-paced offense. I am not really a Oregon fan, per se, but I do enjoy watching the Ducks (and enjoy the Ducks being a good team). A major reason I love the college game is because it is not streamlined like the NFL. There are a lot of college teams, all trying to compete against each other — whether they are competing for money, viewership/fans, wins on the field, respect, etc., there are many ways to go about it. In the case of Oregon, they have an offense that is not necessarily conventional but they do it very well. As long as Kelly stays at Oregon, we can look forward to watching his creativity at work.
 I am not sure why some coaches feel the need to try their hand at the NFL despite how well they have done at the college level. Personally, I don’t see the NFL as a step-up. Sure, the competition is probably better (for the most part) but in reality, college and NFL football are two completely different animals. For example, as a college coach, you are limited in practice time and you have to recruit all your players. These are only two differences between the two games, and there are many more, but these two differences are huge! Being good at one game, doesn’t mean you will be good (or bad) at the other.
The same is true for the players. One can win the Heisman Trophy in college and then go on to have a less than stellar pro career. Does this mean he wasn’t a great college player? No, of course not. Nothing can take away how great he was at the college game.
On the flip-side, you have great pro players who come out of nowhere. Guys that played at a small school in the middle of nowhere, had mediocre college careers, but go on to have fantastic pro careers.
The two games are just different and are not the same. Yet so many coaches will prove themselves a genius at college football, only to still seek after that bizarre proving ground that is professional football.
I am sure Chip Kelly will head to the NFL at some point, but for now, I am glad to see that he is staying at Oregon. College football in 2013 will be that much better with him around.