Blame Rich Rodriguez.
The Oregon Ducks have won three consecutive conference championships, have averaged 489 yards in the past 69 games and haven’t finished worse than 12th nationally in scoring in the past five seasons.
And all dominance has origins to sometime after the 1999 season when a largely unknown offensive coordinator from New Hampshire met with a rising offensive coordinator from Clemson to learn more about this exciting, new, fast-paced offense the Tigers were running.
That is how Chip Kelly began to master the read-option offense that Rodriguez pioneered 20 years ago at Glenville State.
“We have always kind of kept in touch,” Rodriguez told TucsonCitizen.com this summer at Pac-12 Media Day.
“I think we traded a lot of ideas. He got our film and we got his film. We do some similar things, and then we do some things differently. Chip obviously has done a great job with it.
“I think philosophically, Chip is probably the closest to what we believe in offensively and how to go about it than anyone else out there.”