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Students React To U Of O Coach's Departure

AP | Jan. 16, 2013 1:13 p.m. | Eugene, Oregon

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Students at the University of Oregon are reacting to Chip Kelly’s departure.

UO head football coach Chip Kelly

UO head football coach Chip Kelly

Chris Zier / OPB

After opting to continue coaching the No. 2-ranked Ducks a little more than a week ago, Kelly changed his mind and took an NFL job as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Kelly informed Oregon of his plans Wednesday morning, shortly before the Eagles made it official.

Dylan Dornfeld is a junior at the U of O. He said he’s heartbroken: “I’m really just so upset about it. Chip’s a grandfather, he’s the godfather of this campus. And the way he did it — just telling us he was gonna stay, and then leaving, it just, it hurts the heart, man, it really does.”

Following Oregon’s victory over Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl, Kelly flirted with three NFL teams: Philadelphia, Cleveland and Buffalo. But after a weekend of rumors and speculation, the U of O’s athletic director announced that Kelly would stay.

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