EUGENE, OR -- There were a wide variety of topics discussed during Oregon head coach Chip Kelly's weekly teleconference this morning -- including the coach's favorite type of Blizzard from Dairy Queen (which is chocolate ice cream with oreo cookies, for those wondering) -- however the events surrounding the Ducks' upcoming game versus Washington State, LaMichael James' Heisman hopes, and Kelly's recent reprimand from the Pac-10 for criticizing officials dominated a large portion of the conversation.
Kelly, who appeared visibly upset with the officiating in the first half against Stanford, was publicly reprimanded by the Pac-10 Conference who was upset with Kelly's comments to ESPN's Erin Andrews during a halftime interview. During the interview with Andrews, Kelly opined whether or not Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh was buddy-buddy with head referee Jay Stricherz after Kelly claimed he couldn't get Stricherz and his crew to talk to him and clarify an illegal substitution penalty called on his team. This morning, Kelly refrained from commenting on his reprimand.
"I have no comment," stated Kelly. "I'm not getting in trouble again and I have no comment."
When asked whether or not he was fined by the Pac-10, Kelly again stated that he had no comment on the matter.
The coach did however have a take on the buzz surrounding Oregon sophomore running back LaMichael James as a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate. James, who has rushed for 712 yards and 7 touchdowns through five games, is currently on pace to set school records for single-season and career rushing yards despite having only appeared in 17 games a collegian. Kelly, who calls James one of the best backs he's ever coached, isn't concerned with the individual awards. Mostly, he says, because James is concerned with it himself.
"LaMichael James is as focused a player as I've ever been around," said Kelly. "He told me the only thing he cares about is being an academic all-American. He doesn't care about the other stuff and I don't care about it either. I think it's an insult to tell people who vote for the Heisman who LaMichael James is...we'll stand on the body of our work and if he happens to get mentioned in it, that's fantastic. But he's not like that and I'm not like that. It's a team game."
In looking ahead to the Ducks matchup in Pullman against the struggling Washington State Cougars, Kelly stated that despite Wazzu's 1-4 overall record, he's been very impressed with what he's seen from third year head coach Paul Wulff's team.
"They're playing hard," said Kelly. "I think it's their third year in the system and they have a pretty good understanding of what they're doing...we prepare against our own vision, but I've got a lot of respect for Paul's teams because they play hard and I think that's a mark of a well coached team."
Follow Chris Courtney on Twitter at eDuckCCourtney
Tuesday Kelly Media Conference Notes
eDuck Top Stories
Ducks Struggling Trailing 31-14BERKELEY, CALIF. – The Oregon Ducks hoped having two weeks off would give them some chance at breaking a four-game win streak but at the half, it is business as usual for an inept…
eDuckYesterday at 9:23 PM
Matt Lubick on WednesdayOregon offensive coordinator Matt Lubick answers media questions about the offense and the run game as Oregon prepares for California on Friday. Kickoff for the game is 7:30 p.m.…
eDuckWednesday at 2:14 PM
Oregon Student Films Getting Dunked OverAn Oregon student filmed Jordan Bell jumping over him during a dunk contest.
ScoutWednesday at 7:05 AM
Oregon Mark Helfrich on Oct. 18, 2016After having the week off, the Oregon Ducks are back on the practice field and on Tuesday, head coach Mark Helfrich held his regular weekly media conference in the Hatfiled-Dowlin…
eDuckTuesday at 3:57 PM