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Sports Medley: UCLA Hires Chip Kelly 27 Nov 17

by Tony Medley

UCLAís hiring of Chip Kelly as the new football coach seems to be the smartest move beleaguered Athletic Director Dan Guerrero has ever made since accepting his more than $750,000/year job more than a decade ago. He is the PAC-12ís top paid AD, but his dismal performance in hiring football and basketball coaches has not justified such a salary.

Although Kelly was a failure in the NFL at both Philadelphia and San Francisco, coaching in college is an entirely different ball or wax. Pete Carroll was a failure at New England but blossomed at USC. Unlike Carroll before he arrived at USC, Kelly was highly successful as a college coach at Oregon so is a proven commodity.

Another Superstar Football Commentator: Former Dallas quarterback Tony Romo is yet another budding Hubie Brown-equivalent commenting on NFL games. Like Foxís Charles Davis whom I recommended two weeks ago, Romo knows the game inside out and actually predicts what is going to happen, just as Hubie Brown does for the NBA. Listening to Romo is an excellent way to learn the game and know whatís really going on on the field.

Anti-West Coast Bias: Given the lack of respect of west coast teams, a great disservice is about to occur when Stanfordís Bryce Love does not get the Heisman Trophy. As Iíve said here before, Love is the best college runner Iíve ever seen, and Iíve seen most of them over more than a half century. I never saw Barry Sanders play at Oklahoma State, but I saw him a lot in the NFL and I rate him above Jim Brown and Gale Sayers as the best ever. Love is in Sandersí league.

Weak Quarterback: Speaking of performances, I have rarely seen a more dismal outing than that exhibited by Michigan quarterback John OíKorn against Ohio State. He missed receivers by wide margins. Even on short little swing passes to running backs in the backfield where the ball only travelled a few yards, he would miss the receiver by more than 5 yards.

Coach Jim Harbaugh has come in for a lot of criticism by Wolverine faithfuls this year, but considering the lack of quality he has to work with at quarterback, heís done a pretty good job. Despite OíKornís feeble performance, Michigan played Ohio State even until the end of the game.

Great Game: The best football game of the year so far was the Auburn upset of Alabama. The difference in the game was Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham, who has come into his own. Both teams have terrific defenses, but Alabamaís quarterback Jalen Hurts, who is more of a runner than a passer, just couldnít compete with Stidhamís accurate clutch passing.

USCís Loss is LSUís Gain: Congratulations to Ed Orgeron for such a successful season as the Head Football Coach at LSU. Orgeron led his team to a 9-3 record in the toughest football conference in the country, the SEC, including beating Auburn which is today, in my opinion, the best team in the country. USC made a huge mistake in not retaining Orgeron after he took over when Athletic Director Pat Haden fired Lane Kiffin in 2013 after losing two of the first five games. Orgeron turned things around and led the team to a 7-2 record to finish out the season. Everybody loved Orgeron, even me, and Iím a UCLA guy. But the clueless Haden stunned everybody by rewarding Orgeron for the terrific job he did by firing him and hiring an alcoholic from Washington to replace him, and USC is still paying for it.