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08:17 AM ET 12.11 | In the eyes of many, Chip Kelly has one more game in him on the Oregon sideline. Many also believe the Ducks then would promote offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich. That would continue a successful formula for Oregon, which hasn't gone outside for a head football coach since Rich Brooks in 1977. But it's not that simple. Not anymore. Promoting Helfrich without interviewing a qualified minority candidate -- or, at least making a good-faith attempt to find a qualified minority candidate -- would be against the law in Oregon. ... Sam Sachs, the Portland activist who led the successful fight for the law, said university administrators can't ignore it by asserting they must make a quick, emergency hire.

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December 11, 2012  08:21 AM ET

Chip's ship is taking a trip?

December 11, 2012  08:25 AM ET
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Chip's ship is taking a trip?

NFL

December 11, 2012  08:29 AM ET

He will end up like all the rest....Saban....Spurrier....

December 11, 2012  08:35 AM ET
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NFL

Which NFL team would take a flier on his offensive scheme?

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December 11, 2012  09:01 AM ET
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PanthersTitansRaiders

Hmmm. Which one doesn't fit? Cam Newton, Jake Locker or Carson Palmer?

December 11, 2012  09:05 AM ET
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Which NFL team would take a flier on his offensive scheme?

It seems odd to me too. However, ESPN is reporting it as 100% likely to go to the NFL

December 11, 2012  09:06 AM ET
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Jimmy Johnson says hello..Harbaugh is doing pretty well...Carroll is doing ok in Seattle

Some do, some don't...same with the other direction too.

December 11, 2012  09:07 AM ET
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Hmmm. Which one doesn't fit? Cam Newton, Jake Locker or Carson Palmer?

Jake Locker.

December 11, 2012  09:07 AM ET
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Hmmm. Which one doesn't fit? Cam Newton, Jake Locker or Carson Palmer?

Good point....but, there's always the draft and trades.

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December 11, 2012  09:24 AM ET
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Or bring in Dennis Dixon...

Now that's funny.

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December 11, 2012  09:36 AM ET

Good law!!!!
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"They still have to interview a qualified minority candidate," and You should be judged professionally on merit, and be given an opportunity to rise in your chosen profession as far as your skill, intelligence, guts and drive can take you.

It's not happening for minority coaches in major college football.

December 11, 2012  09:41 AM ET
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I know some do, most do not. I thought it was not too long ago Carroll was not doing so great.

How many former NFL assistant coaches were hired as HC in the NFL and didn't make it??? For every former college coach that failed as an NFL coach, there is one former NFL assistant coach that has also failed!!

 
December 11, 2012  09:47 AM ET
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He will end up like all the rest....Saban....Spurrier....

If Saban had not been overruled on Drew Brees.... Thank God!!!

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