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  • While at New Hampshire Chip Kelly “changed offenses every week”

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    Long before Chip Kelly was putting his own stamp on a NFL franchise in Philadelphia, or storming out of the tunnel with Nike’s latest flashy uniform at Oregon and putting up video game type numbers, he was calling offensive plays at New Hampshire.

    In seven of his eight seasons running the offense (1999-2006) for the FCS Wildcats, Kelly’s offenses averaged over 400 yards a game, and averaged over 30 points a game in his final four seasons before leaving for Oregon. In 2004 alone, his offenses broke 29 offensive records at the school.

    If you thought his offenses with the Eagles, or at Oregon were exciting and somewhat unconventional, then you’ll love this tidbit from Eagles quarterbacks coach Ryan Day, who coached the tight ends under Kelly at New Hampshire in 2002.

    “At that time, we were changing offenses every week. We would go from Run ‘n Shoot to the Wing-T to the Veer. One week we threw it six times, the next week we threw it 65 times,” Day told Philly Mag and Birds 24/7.

    That may surprise some people, and sound downright crazy to a lot of high school coaches that stake their reputation on buying into a specific offensive system, but to others it’s just another layer in the innovative mind of Kelly.

  • Michigan officially leaving Adidas for Nike

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    Adidas is commonly known as the three stripes, but perhaps we should alter the German apparel conglomerate’s nickname to the three strikes.

    After watching Notre Dame depart for Under Armour and Tennessee leave for Nike, The Wolverine reported Monday that Michigan will follow suit and return to Nike, a move that is set to be announced “in the next few days.”

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    Let’s go live to the Michigan fan base for its reaction:

    (While losing those three schools, we must note Adidas has managed to pull Arizona State and Miami from Nike of late. Still, a net loss for the company.)

    Michigan’s move away from Adidas has long been speculated, and the only real intrigue left is just how many millions Michigan will receive for the move. The guess here is that Michigan will become Nike’s highest-paid school – the Wolverines’ reported $8.2 million annual cut from Adidas far exceeded Nike’s highest payout – but the deal will not top the more than $90 million that Notre Dame received from Under Armour.

    Nabbing Michigan gives Nike a stranglehold on power programs in the Big Ten East (Ohio State, Michigan State and Penn State already wear the swoosh), and owning the Big Ten East not only gives you the highly-populated eastern portion of the midwest, it gives you a gateway to the Eastern Seaboard.

    And with Michigan’s deal now reportedly done, attention turns to the last big fish left on the apparel market: Texas.

    3:59 p.m. ET Update: The move is now official.

  • George O’Leary again touting Brent Key as his successor

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    Entering his 12th season as Central Florida’s head coach, George O’Leary is the most successful and most important coach in the Knights’ short football history. That gives him, in his mind, a sort of patriarchy over the program. He’s also the interim athletics director, providing him nominal authority as well.

    And speaking to the Orlando Sentinel, O’Leary pressed his authority to again promote Brent Key as his successor.

    “If you look at my history,” O’Leary told the paper, “I’ve always tried to promote from within if I can. That would be my goal. People have to be in place to take the job, and I think we have that. … You don’t fix what’s not broken.”

    Key has spent the past decade as a member of O’Leary’s staff, first as a graduate assistant, then tight ends coach, then adding recruiting coordinator and special teams coordinator titles in successive years. He moved to offensive line coach in 2009, added an assistant head coach title in 2012, and was promoted to offensive coordinator/running backs coach following Charlie Taaffe’s retirement at the conclusion of the 2014 season.

    “Every staff has people you feel could run the program, and I think Brent is the one on our staff who has been around me the longest and has an idea of the culture and philosophy. I would expect he would be given very, very, very strong consideration whenever I do retire.”

  • Ron Burton: “The stars are gone once you hit campus.”

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    The class of 2015 has reported to campus and, along the way from mom and dad’s house to the dorm, each player underwent the magical process whereby their status as stud high school player was removed in place of becoming a scrub college freshman. Like a letter jacket, their stars were left at home in their bedroom closet.

    At least that’s how it works at Michigan State.

    “The stars are gone when you hit our campus, and everyone starts from Square One, and that’s the way coach (Mark) Dantonio always wants it,” Michigan State defensive line coach Ron Burton told MLive.com.

    Sparty signed a 20-member class in 2015, good for 22nd nationally according to Rivals, including three defensive linemen. Burton plans on throwing them into the fire when practice starts next month, hoping to find torchbearers for the likes of Shilique Calhoun and Malik McDowell.

    “We’re going to work our tails off,” Burton said. “We tell them when they are tired, come to the sideline and sit down because we have other players.

    “We just keep it as simple as possible, and we get that fast break going up the field on passes, and we attack the line every play regardless of if it is a run or a pass.”

  • Video of the Day: New Mexico Freshman Move-In

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    Monday July 6, 2015

    New Mexico Freshman Move-In