Friday, December 19, 2014

Kelly Hire Has Link to Scandal

MOBILE, Ala. --- Wearing Eagles garb at this morning's Senior Bowl weigh-in and sitting with the Birds' scouts was Josh Gibson, Oregon's former assistant director of football operations.

Kelly Hire Has Link to Scandal

Eagles head coach Chip Kelly. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)
Eagles head coach Chip Kelly. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)

MOBILE, Ala. --- Wearing Eagles garb at this morning's Senior Bowl weigh-in and sitting with the Birds' scouts was Josh Gibson, Oregon's former assistant director of football operations.

Reports from Oregon over the weekend indicated Gibson was being hired by the Eagles in an unspecified capacity. The Eagles have not confirmed this, or much of anything else about Kelly's staff.

In the summer of 2011, Gibson was implicated as a key figure in an NCAA investigation that could result in sanctions against the Ducks. Gibson was the main contact at Oregon for Will Lyles, a Houston-based "recruiting consultant" who was paid $25,000 for "information" that reportedly did not meet NCAA standards. The implication has been that Lyles was paid to steer players to Oregon.

Kelly, and perhaps more of his mystery staffers, are supposed to be present this afternoon at the South Senior Bowl practice in Fairhope, Ala.

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CLARIFICATION: An earlier version of this post referred to reports that Gibson was dismissed by Oregon in 2011 because of the recruiting scandal. He was not. Gibson remained at Oregon until last weekend when Kelly hired him for the Eagles.

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