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How Chip Kelly is spending the time he once spent recruiting

Chip Kelly devoted at least 1-2 hours every day at Oregon to recruiting. That's the reality of a college football coach. Then there's other administrative duties, such as fund raising and responsibilities that go along with being a public face to a university.

How Chip Kelly is spending the time he once spent recruiting

<br />Head coach Chip Kelly keeps the players moving as the Eagles held<br />organized team activities at the NovaCare Complex in Philadelphia on<br />May 13, 2013. It was the first  open practice for the media.  ( DAVID<br />MAIALETTI / Staff Photographer )
Head coach Chip Kelly keeps the players moving as the Eagles held organized team activities at the NovaCare Complex in Philadelphia on May 13, 2013. It was the first open practice for the media. ( DAVID MAIALETTI / Staff Photographer )

Chip Kelly devoted at least 1-2 hours every day at Oregon to recruiting. That's the reality of a college football coach. Then there's other administrative duties, such as fund raising and responsibilities that go along with being a public face to a university.

He doesn't need to do that anymore. And he has a full staff of personnel evaluators who can deal with talent acquisition, which is the NFL's version of recruiting.

A major theme to this season is how Kelly is adjusting from college to the NFL. Much of the attention is devoted to what happens on the field and even in the locker room, but there's also a tangible difference in how Kelly can allocate his time.

“In college football, there’s a ton of recruiting," Kelly said. "You’ve got to recruit on a daily basis, so there has to be time set aside for that. … An hour or two, it just depends. There are times it’s up to four or five. When you’re on the road recruiting, there’s eight to 10. There’s different times during the recruiting calendar and what you’re doing, but you’ve got to spend at least an hour. Usually, most people spend an hour or so on recruiting every day now.”

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The natural follow-up question, then, is how Kelly uses that time now that he's a coach of the Eagles? 

“Football. Football. All football," Kelly said on a Monday afternoon in June. "You got me out of a meeting. We were going through the Redskins’ third down. So it’s a lot more preparation from a football standpoint.”

This shouldn't come as a news flash, but it's a window into Kelly's daily life. Many who know Kelly describe him as a football-junkie; Casey Matthews told a story last year of Kelly working late hours in a dark office studying film. He'll have more time to do so, and does not need to worry about appealing to teenagers' whims and persuading them to attend Oregon.

Contact Zach Berman at zberman@phillynews.com. Follow on Twitter @ZBerm,

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