Kelly Planning His Oregon Exit Ahead of the NCAA Posse

Oregon coach Chip Kelly plans to interview on Friday for the head coaching job with three NFL teams, reports USA Today’s Mike Garafolo. The Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles and Buffalo Bills will speak with Kelly about their respective vacancies, most likely in Arizona where the Ducks play Kansas St. on Thursday night.

“I don’t expect anything,” Kelly said, “I’m never surprised by anything. I do know what the future holds. I do know we have a football game tomorrow night and I’m going to be there.”

Much like Pete Carroll did at USC, many expect Kelly to leave Oregon and avoid any penalties that his actions brought to his employers. The Browns, Eagles, and Bills won’t care about NCAA probation.

Kelly and his Oregon Ducks team are facing an NCAA investigation after reports surfaced in March 2011 that the football program had paid $25,000 for a national recruiting package from Houston-based Lyles and his company, Complete Scouting Services. The payment came one month after highly-recruited running back Lache Seastrunk signed a letter of intent with Oregon in February 2010.

In September 2011, Oregon announced that the NCAA had notified the school of its inquiry into possible violations involving Lyles. News on the investigation surfaced in February 2012 after the NCAA released its proposed findings of violations. It alleged that Oregon had broken rules in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.

Oregon attempted to negotiate with the NCAA over possible penalties, but that request was rejected last month. The Ducks are now expected to appear before the NCAA’s committee on infractions this spring.

Oregon refuses to comment about the investigation. “The review is ongoing until the NCAA Committee on Infractions issues its final report. The integrity of the process and our continued full cooperation with the NCAA prohibits us from publicly discussing the specifics of this matter.”

Majority in U.S. Support Expanded Sports Betting


Sports betting should be legalized in all states, according to a recent poll by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind. 51% of registered voters support legalized sports betting in states where it is not currently legal, up 12% from a March 2010 poll asking the same question.

60% of men (compared to 43% women) are in favor of leglized sports betting, now offered only in Nevada and Delaware. 20% of men admit to wagering on a sports event in the past year, with most of those in favor of expanded gambling.

“These national figures are similar to what we’ve seen in our recent polls of New Jersey voters,” said Krista Jenkins, director of the poll and professor of political science at Fairleigh Dickinson University. “New Jersey is moving forward with its plans for sports betting in early 2013, despite federal lawsuits by the NBA, MLB and others to block it,” she added.

The issue over sports betting erupted after New Jersey passed laws allowing sports betting in the state, in defiance of federal laws. New Jersey is sueing the federal government to have this federal law limiting sports betting overturned.

Online gambling doesn’t garner the same support nationwide, however. Only 27% of those polled supported states offering gambling online. But even this number is up from the 2010 poll, when only 21 percent favored such a measure. Once again, support from men (36%) is almost double that of women (19%). The two older age categories, 45-59 (24%) and 60+ (14%) are among the least likely to show support for online gaming.

The Fairleigh Dickinson University poll of 814 registered voters was conducted nationally by telephone with both landline and cell phones from December 10 through December 16, 2012, and has a margin of error of +/-3.4 percentage points.

Andy Reid Rumors Swirling in Arizona

Andy Reid might not stay unemployed long. Less than 24 hours after he was fired by Philadelphia, Andy Reid may be close to getting another head-coaching job.

Reports out of Arizona indicate that the Cardinals are about to name Reid as their new head coach. “I am reporting the Cardinals are very close to a deal with Andy Reid to become the team’s next head coach,” says Tim Ring of KTVK-TV.

A Reid hiring would reunite him with quarterback Kevin Kolb, a major disappointment since being traded from Philadelphia to Arizona. The Cardinals gave up a second round pick and cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie for Kolb, who signed a $63 million contract after the trade. Cardinals President Michael Bidwill has said he still believes Kolb can be an effective starter, and Bidwill may see Reid as the coach to make that happen.

Arizona is expected to interview its defensive coordinator Ray Horton for the head coaching job Wednesday, according to a source. That will fulfill the Rooney Rule requirements that mandate a minority candidate be interviewed for all head coaching positions. Reid’s appointment would follow shortly.

Reid has spent recent days assembling a coaching staff, telling potential assistants that an announcement could come quickly, according to one assistant. Arizona is Reid’s top choice, according to sources, in large part because his wife Tammy is from the Phoenix area and it would bring them closer to family.