So let's say the Oregon Ducks do lose head coach Chip Kelly to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It's far from official at this point, and reports from both sides of the aisle only have the two sharing interest in each other, not poised to sign anything. But let's just say Kelly leaves. Leaving aside the issue of just how hard UO may be about to get hammered by the NCAA for the Willie Lyles adventure or otherwise, to whom do the Ducks turn?
Register-Guard beat writer Adam Jude has a familiar name: Boise St. Broncos coach Chris Petersen.
@AdamJude_RG If Chip leaves, source close to Oregon says Ducks will immediately target Boise State's Chris Petersen.
Petersen has been a hot name for virtually every major open job for years now. He reportedly turned down both the UCLA Bruins and Penn St. Nittany just this year before signing a contract extension that also brought him a raise. While a move to Oregon would keep him in a familiar region, and Nike could pony up as much money as anybody in the country, it's not easy to imagine Petersen leaving for Oregon without clear assurances the NCAA will stay far away, if he did have any interest in ever leaving Boise for anywhere anyway. So many qualifiers!
This is all contingent on Kelly even leaving for the Bucs in the first place, which still seems like a longer shot than reports suggest.