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Is Kelly the most interesting man in the world? Pause for a moment before chortling over our potential hyperbole, for Kelly has packed a lot into his 52-game tenure at Oregon, including 45 victories. He has run with the bulls in Pamplona. He has led the Ducks to three Pac-12 titles and four BCS bowl games. He has done humanitarian work in Africa. He has produced Oregon's first Rose Bowl victory in 95 years. He has visited U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Inquiries that Kelly doesn't like might get one-word answers, clichéd responses or snappy rejoinders that belittle his inquisitors. Questions that engage him, however, receive full and thoughtful treatment. Consider this response from an ESPN story on Kelly's trip to Africa, when he worked with adolescent girls who had no idea who he was.
"The real heroes are the little girls in Africa who are trying to better themselves so they can help their families," he said. "When I hear a coach say, 'We're grinding.' I'm like: You're sitting in a room with air conditioning watching videotape. That's not grinding."
Yet he arrives at the Fiesta Bowl amid swirling rumors that he's about to leave for his pick of available NFL jobs. Asked about his NFL ambitions this week, he gave a 235-word answer that essentially said "no comment."
"My heart is to win the day, and that’s it," he concluded. "I know everybody wants to hear a different answer, and I know at times when I don’t give you guys the answer you guys want, then I’m being evasive. I’m not being evasive. My job is to coach the University of Oregon football team, and I love doing it. And that’s what I’m going to do.”
As a Duck fan I love the dude. He's my all time favorite coach. (i'm lucky that both of my favorite teams have amazing head coaches at the moment). I expect him to be in the NFL next year and I expect him to succeed. If we didnt already have Pete Carroll there is nobody else i'd rather have coaching the Seahawks. The only thing that might keep him in college is the fact that he probably doesnt want to have to deal with all the media b.s. that NFL coaches have to go thru. And there's a possibility that he might want to stick it out wtih Mariota, DAT and Thomas Tyner and see if he can win a national title before he makes the move up. But i'd put it at about 90% he'll be in the NFL next season.