Kelly knows how to keep the band together

March, 16, 2012
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It's no secret that success is often tied to coaching continuity. For example, see Ducks, Oregon.

According to Pete Roussel of CoachingSearch.com, Oregon is the only team in the country that has not had any coaching turnover since 2009.

Writes Roussel:
Tomorrow, former Georgetown assistant Luke Thompson officially joins Rich Ellerson's staff at Army, which means Chip Kelly's staff at Oregon will be the only staff in the country that has remained completely intact since start of the 2009 season. All nine full-time assistant coaches that began the 2009 season with Kelly remain on the staff in coaching positions.

Think about that. There are over 120 major college football programs and only one will have the same nine coaches for four consecutive seasons.

It's an interesting breakdown. A few other Pac-12 teams are mentioned in the article. Stanford is listed as having the same offensive coordinator since 2010. Roussel refers to David Shaw as "technically" the offensive coordinator, though I think Pep Hamilton and his 97 percent red zone efficiency last year might take exception to that.

San Diego State is also listed as one of the 17 teams with no coaching turnover, though offensive line coach Dan Finn left the Aztecs last month to return to Utah -- where he was a former graduate assistant.

Still, it's an impressive note about Oregon and a credit to Kelly and his staff, which has gone 34-6 and 25-2 in the conference during that span.

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