That also applies to at least one blue-chip college recruit whom Kelly was actively pursuing as recently as Monday.
"Chip Kelly left?!?! He was at my house 2 days ago," tweeted Nico Falah, a 6-foot-4, 267-pound offensive tackle from Saint John Bosco High School in Bellflower, Calif.
Falah has committed to USC, but he continues to explore his options. If Oregon was spinning around as a possibility, that's likely not the case after Kelly -- thought to be far out of the picture -- agreed to become the next head coach of the Eagles on Wednesday.
Details will emerge as to how and why Kelly switched gears after seemingly deciding to return to Oregon for at least another season, a scenario sweetened by school booster Phil Knight. Clearly the Eagles trumped Knight en route to the most surprising hire of the NFL's wild offseason coaching derby.
It's a move that sends shockwaves through the Oregon program and across the landscape of college football, but Falah hasn't lost respect for Kelly:
That's still my dude tho!â Nics â (@NicoFalah) January 16, 2013
More than a few folks in Oregon might not agree.
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