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Oregon Ducks: Chip Kelly's Indecision Could Cost Ducks

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 03:  Head coach Chip Kelly of the Oregon Ducks looks on in the third quarter of the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl against the Kansas State Wildcats at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 3, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Jeff SpiegelContributor IIJanuary 6, 2013

As the headline every Duck fan has dreamt about seems more and more realistic, something inside of me simply hopes for resolution.

Not a short-term resolution, though, but a long-term solution.

You see, the Oregon Ducks are much, much better off with Chip Kelly as their head coach than with the alternative.

I'm starting to wonder, however, whether the Oregon Ducks are better off with a Chip Kelly who is going to leave the program guessing every offseason before returning at the last minute.

Don't believe me? Take a look at the recruiting sites.

As the All-American games are taking place, top recruits from across the country are choosing their school of choice—some with Oregon among the finalists, and some without.

The one consistency amongst them all, though? They're not headed to Eugene.

Sure, it might be a coincidence, but if I were a high school senior picking my college, I'd want a much better idea of who the head coach would be than I'm getting from Oregon.

It brings me back to the dilemma, though, of where Duck fans should stand on this issue.

As I mentioned, part of me says I'll take Chip back every single season—even if it means playing the waiting game each January. Part of me, though, says Chip needs to make a decision (and the sooner the better).

Another interesting wrinkle in the story is how any potential punishments could impact the future at Oregon. If a loss of scholarships is looming, every recruiting class from here on out is critical, so taking a hit this year because of Chip could prove devastating a few years from now.

It's an interesting situation and one that I'm sure will divide Duck fans everywhere, but the question remains? Is guessing who your head coach every year good for a program? Even if that man is Chip Kelly?

Well, I guess we'll all find out soon—at least until next year.

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