Notre Dame Football: Chip Kelly

ESPN analyst Brock Huard has a lengthy piece today on Oregon coach Chip Kelly and his potential adaptability to an NFL head-coaching job. As you know, Kelly drew interest from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this offseason before former Rutgers coach Greg Schiano took the job.

Former Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh's immediate success with the San Francisco 49ers this past season, Huard suggests, has NFL teams searching for the next Harbaugh. While Chip Kelly is the basis of the story, Huard suggests Brian Kelly, along with three other college coaches, as someone who could handle the transition to the next level Insider.

(As Huard notes, Brian Kelly is by no means looking for an NFL job. So you all can relax.)

You'll need Insider to read the full piece, but Huard cites the same four factors with both Kellys in thinking they could be good NFL fits: grind, adaptability, tunnel vision and the "it" factor. Kelly is, as Huard calls him, "a self-made football junkie," having success across all levels of football.

Irish miss out on Armstead

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The whirlwind recruitment of four-star offensive tackle Arik Armstead (Elk Grove, Calif./Pleasant Grove) came to an end Sunday, as Armstead picked Oregon over Auburn, Cal, Notre Dame and Washington. Insider

An early commitment to USC before backing off, Armstead looked destined for Cal before defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi left for Washington.

Oregon head coach Chip Kelly and linebacker coach Don Pellum's home visit last week won Armstead over. Though labeled by many as a future offensive lineman, Armstead wished to play defense, something he is expected to do with the Ducks.

He also wished to play basketball, and Oregon hoops coach Dana Altman played a big role in his recruitment as well.

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