Plenty of Credit to Share for Oregon's Success

Plenty of Credit to Share for Oregon's Success

No disrespect intended for Oregon's Chip Kelly, clearly one of college football best coaches. But, he didn't turn the Ducks into a national power all by himself.

 

In fact, the table was set when Kelly became head coach in 2009.

 

David Wharton of the Los Angeles Times does a nice job of explaining to the uninitiated just how the Ducks morphed from a college football afterthought into a prime player.

 

The process started under Rich Brooks, the tough, unyielding man for whom the playing surface at Autzen Stadium Stadium is named.

 

It accelerated under the stewardship of Mike Bellotti, who became head coach after serving as Brooks' offensive coordinator, and former athletic director Bill Moos.

 

And it wouldn't have been possible without the financial support of Nike co-founder Phil Knight, and out-of-the-box thinkers such as Nike's Tinker Hatfield.

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