Chip Kelly wins coach of the year
Oregon coach Chip Kelly was presented with the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year award by the Football Writers Association of America, the school announced Monday.
Kelly has guided the Ducks to a perfect 12-0 regular season record and a berth in the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game.
Kelly, who was also a finalist for the honor last season, became the second Oregon head coach to receive the award -- named for Grambling's legendary coach -- joining Rich Brooks (1994).
In his two seasons, Kelly has compiled a 22-3 record, including 17-1 in Pac-10 games. Second-ranked Oregon will take the nation's top scoring offense at 49.3 points per game to Glendale, Ariz., on Jan. 10, when it faces No. 1 Auburn (13-0).
The Tigers' Gene Chizik was also one of eight finalists for the Robinson award.
Kelly is the first Pac-10 coach to win the award since Washington State's Mike Price in 1997.
The writers association narrowed the field to eight finalists in late November. The award has been handed out since 1957 and was named for Robinson in 1997.
The FWAA honor turned out to be Kelly's second coaching award of the day, as he was also named regional co-coach of the year along with Stanford's Jim Harbaugh by the American Football Coaches Association.
The AFCA selects its national coach of the year following the bowl season.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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