I was surprised as anyone that Oregon Ducks coach Chip Kelly didn't go to the NFL.

My guess is that he isn't going anywhere unless it's, in his mind, a very good situation. In other words, that it includes all the things he thinks he needs to win. The Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles and Buffalo Bills probably weren't the code words for this: "the right fit."

If Kelly ever does go to the pros, he would have no trouble finding a parachute, such as a return to the college ranks — even at Oregon — if things didn't work out.

And I'd bet that Kelly believes he hasn't done his last NFL interview.

It would behoove Oregon and its football recruiting, though, to do whatever it can to at least give the appearance that Kelly is going to be more than a one-more-year-and-then-off-to-the-NFL wonder in Eugene.

•Â ESPN didn't need to apologize for veteran announcer Brent Musburger's brief comments on the girlfriend of Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron during Monday's BCS title game.

ESPN needed to apologize for itself.

That is, for its decision to turn its cameras on Miss Alabama Katherine Webb, during and after the game.

And for all its routine shots of coeds, girlfriends, wives and other women away from the action, year after year and in game after game.

Other networks are guilty, too, of the same offenses, which include the frequent close-ups of cheerleaders and dancers and candid moments with sun-tanning, beer-drinking young women at various ballgames.

But the Musburger "controversy" and the extended ESPN air time for Webb is generating about as much publicity for the network as the Bama-Notre Dame game itself. ESPN obviously thinks, therefore, that this sells, and is what people want to see and talk and read about. Too bad Webb can't be like the BCS and charge ESPN a rights fee, for use of her face.

It would be nice, though, if the self-proclaimed "worldwide leader in sports" took the lead in ending the practice of training cameras on female eye candy wherever it can be found in the stands or on the sidelines. Just stick to the game.

Happy birthday

Jan. 10, 1965 -- Neil Olshey, Trail Blazers general manager (age 48)

Jan. 11, 1985 -- Dennis Dixon, former Oregon Ducks quarterback now with the Baltimore Ravens (age 28)

Jan. 14, 1988 -- Aaron Brooks, Sacramento Kings guard and ex-Duck (age 25)

Jan. 16, 1989 -- Casey Matthews, former UO linebacker now with the Philadelphia Eagles (age 24)

Tweet of the week

Ducks just scored from our own 20 running 5 plays in less time than I take to hit one shot! #GoDucks

Ben Crane ‏@bencranegolf

Oregon sports history

Jan. 10, 1943 — In a war conservation measure, Portland Public Schools is playing all its basketball games after school instead of at night. The idea is to save gas students would use going home and then returning for the games.

Jan. 14, 1963 — Portland's Pete Ward is the pivotal player in a trade that sends Ward, Hoyt Wilhelm, Ron Hansen and Dave Nicholson from the Baltimore Orioles to the Chicago White Sox for Luis Aparicio and Al Smith. Ward, then 25, takes advantage of the opportunity to earn the third-base job. He plays seven seasons with the White Sox and finishes second to teammate-pitcher Gary Peters in the 1963 American League rookie of the year balloting (Pete Rose wins in the NL) and places ninth in the AL MVP race.

Jan. 12, 1971 — Geoff Petrie becomes the first Trail Blazers to play in the NBA All-Star Game.

Jan. 14, 1986 — The Blazers trade guard Darnell Valentine and a 1988 second-round pick (Tom Garrick) to the L.A. Clippers for Boston's first-round pick in 1986 (Arvydas Sabonis) and the Clippers' 1988 second-round pick (Rolando Ferreira).

Jan. 14, 2005 — Damon Stoudamire scores a Blazer-record 54 points in a 112-106 loss at New Orleans.

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