Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Statement from Oregon coach Chip Kelly
By ESPN.com staff
Oregon coach Chip Kelly released a statement Wednesday afternoon about the recent spate of off-field incidents involving his players, including the arrest of running back LaMichael James for domestic violence.
“We are concerned anytime a student-athlete is mentioned in a police report. We do not condone any behavior that doesn’t meet University standards or our football program’s standards, and we go to great lengths to actively educate our student-athletes regarding appropriate conduct. We have the utmost confidence in the local law enforcement authorities to determine the facts in all instances involving our student-athletes, and will reserve further judgment or comment until further information is available.”
Kelly also had this to say in a telephone conversation Wednesday when asked if he was concerned about the number of off-field problems: "They are all separate incidents. You can't lump everything together. Sometimes you go four or five months and nothing happens with anybody. Other times things happen right consecutively. We will continue to educate our players. They know playing football here is a privilege and with that privilege come responsibilities and they have to live up to that."