Kelly Named National Coach of the Year

Oregon's Chip Kelly was named the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year by the Football Writers Association of America in New York today. This follows Oregon's selection by the BCS to play in the BCS Championship game on January 10th in Glendale, Arizona.

Oregon secured the BCS Championship game bid by beating Oregon State on Saturday, 37-20. Oregon capped off a perfect regular season with a 12-0 record. The Ducks have the nation's top scoring offense at 49.33 points per game and will play the Auburn Tigers in the Championship game.

Kelly in only his second year as a head coach won the prestigious award after being a finalist for the award last season. He is the second Oregon coach to received the honor which was named for the legendary Grambling coach; Rich Brooks was named the award winner in 1994.

The reigning Pac-10 coach of the year has a career mark of 22-3 while going 17-1 in conference play.

The FWAA honor turned out to be Kelly's second coaching award of the day, as he was also named regional co-coach of the year along with Stanford's Jim Harbaugh by the American Football Coaches Association.

The AFCA selects its national coach of the year following the bowl season.


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