Kelly, Mariota and Oregon track & football

by Frank Baldwin June 29, 2015

Chip learns that living "HIGH" can be costly!

Eagles' Chip Kelly hit with $99,000 tab for penthouse rent

A collection action has begun against Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly after he was hit with a nearly $80,000 judgment over a lease dispute for a penthouse in what court papers describe as the "most expensive rental in Philly." Earlier this month, a Philadelphia judge ordered the Eagles coach to pay $79,374 to landlord Tempa Berish for court costs and five months' rent for a luxury apartment in the Old City neighborhood of Philadelphia.

The judge sided with landlord Tempa Berish and found that Kelly failed to give notice he was moving out after a year. Kelly's lawyer argued that the leasing agent knew Kelly hoped to buy a home and needed a flexible lease on the Old City apartment. He says the 90-day notice required under the 2013 lease did not match the verbal promises made.

The Legal Intelligencer was first to report the lease dispute. It said Friday that Kelly is facing a $79,000 judgment. Court documents show Kelly will also lose his $20,000 security deposit after his lawyer failed to show for a one-day trial. Kelly's lawyer didn't immediately return a call seeking comment.





More than 50 current, former or future Ducks will be at Hayward Field this week for the USA Track & Field national championship meets, and for each of those UO athletes the meet presents a different opportunity.

For Sam Crouser, who recently won his second straight NCAA Outdoor title in the javelin, the USATF meet is a springboard into the professional ranks. For hammer thrower Greg Skipper, the meet is merely a fun coda to his junior season at Oregon. For Jenna Prandini, no less than a chance to compete in the World Championships is at hand.

Competition begins Thursday at 10 a.m. with the heptathlon for junior athletes. Events for juniors conclude Saturday, with the final day of senior competition scheduled for Sunday.

Among the highlights: Prandini in the 100, 200 and long jump, after leading the UO women to an NCAA team title two weeks ago; alumni such as English Gardner and Mike Berry in the sprints, and Galen Rupp and Jordan Hasay in the distances; a packed men’s 1,500 field including distinguished alumni Matthew Centrowitz, Mac Fleet and Andrew Wheating, plus recent graduates Will Geoghegan and Daniel Winn; and two UO recruits – distance runner Matthew Maton and high jumper Ben Miligan – in the junior competition.

Prandini will be joined by UO teammate Jasmine Todd in the 100 and long jump. Entries in the senior meet will be competing for spots on the team that will compete Aug. 22-30 at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, and or July 20-26 at the Pan American Games in Toronto.

For a current collegian to qualify for the Pan Am Games or Worlds would require enduring an extended training season following the NCAA meet, and also navigating fields stacked with talent this week, given the opportunity to qualify for international competition. But Prandini has a shot, either as an individual or part of the 4x100-meter relay pool, should she finish in the top six of the 100.

Joining Crouser, Winn and Geoghegan as a recent graduate is Eric Jenkins. The senior men’s 5,000 on Sunday afternoon is a chance for Jenkins to showcase himself for potential sponsors now that he’s transitioning to the professional ranks.

Contrast that will someone like Skipper, who improved on consecutive fourth-place NCAA Outdoor finishes by taking third two weeks ago. His focus is on breaking through for an NCAA title as a senior next spring, and then improving enough to be a factor at the national meet in years to come.

“The U.S. championships for me is just kind of a go-out-and-have-fun meet,” Skipper said. “Where I’m at, distance-wise I guess, U.S. championships is just a fun meet. (The NCAA meet) is, score as many points as you can, do your job.”

A handful of current Ducks still qualify for junior competition. NCAA 800-meter champion Raevyn Rogers and key point-scorers for the men Marcus Chambers (400) and Blake Haney (1,500) will be among those looking to qualify for the Pan American Junior Championships to be held July 31-Aug. 2 in Edmonton.

Another of the first-day highlights Thursday will be the men’s long jump, featuring decathlon world record-holder Ashton Eaton. He took a break from the multis in 2014, and will make his return to the decathlon at the world championships.

Eaton was scheduled to compete in a decathlon in Austria last month, but pulled out because he wasn’t healthy. “I wasn’t a couple weeks ago,” Eaton said this past Friday. “We’ve done all the right things until now to make sure I am.” Eaton said he opted for the long jump this week because it’s “kind of bread-and-butter.” But he's looking forward to his return to the decathlon in Beijing (SEE BELOW), and perhaps even taking a shot at a world record. "I still have things to chase, as always" Eaton said.



Link to the World Championships in Beijing
                                    August 22 - 30, 2015




Oregon football’s latest recruiting class arrives on campus


The Duck coaches welcomed a promising 2015 recruiting class, which arrived mostly intact to begin summer classes on Monday and conditioning workouts with their new teammates. Only one member of the 22-man class, junior college linebacker transfer Jonah Moi, is not currently enrolled at UO. Another junior college linebacker, Paris Bostick, is now a man of Oregon. There is also a Mariota on campus — Marcus’ younger brother, Matt, a walk-on defensive lineman planning to major in sociology.


Vernon Adams is in Eugene, but the Eastern Washington transfer has not yet enrolled in a graduate program at Oregon. The former FCS star and potential replacement for the Heisman Trophy-winning Mariota at quarterback, told The Oregonian he expects to be in classes by the end of the month. Another graduate transfer, former Notre Dame center Matt Hegarty, is enrolled and will start the final season of his career as a strong candidate to replace former All-American Hroniss Grasu.

Oregon’s new true freshman faces include offensive linemen Brady Aiello, Jake Hanson, Shane Lemieux and Calvin Throckmorton; tight end Jacob Breeland; wide receivers Malik Lovette and Kirk Merritt; defensive linemen Gary Baker, Drayton Carlberg, Gus Cumberland and Rex Manu; linebacker Fotu Leiato; and defensive backs Dylan Kane and Jihree Stewart.


Six of the more touted members of the class — cornerback Ugo Amadi, running back Taj Griffin, defensive lineman Canton Kaumatule, wide receiver Alex Ofodile, offensive lineman Zach Okun and quarterback Travis Jonsen — enrolled in January and participated in spring practice with the veterans.

Oregon’s first practice of fall camp will be Aug. 10.

“We have a lot of guys that need to have a mental summer,” coach Mark Helfrich said after the spring game. “We talk about playing fast and free. That involves confidence and that happens before you step on the practice field. You have to have the mindset you are prepared and ready to rock and whatever coverage comes or look comes, you are ready for it. Guys need that natural progression, and I think it will come.”




Marcus Mariota hasn't signed a contract, igniting wild Chip Kelly, Eagles trade rumors

Marcus Mariota hasn't signed his rookie contract with the Tennessee Titans, making him just one of three players in the NFL draft who are still unsigned. Mariota is the only first-round pick who remains unsigned.

Why hasn't Mariota signed a deal? Few people outside Mariota's inner circle and Titans management know for sure. Now, with Mariota still unsigned, there are those who think this is part of Mariota's grand plan to be reunited with Chip Kelly in Philadelphia.

Kelly, Mariota's coach at Oregon, was said to be willing to offer just about anyone wearing an Eagles helmet for the right to select Mariota in the 2015 draft. Kelly denied he would mortgage the Eagles future for one player, and the Titans selected Mariota with the second overall pick.

The lack of a signed contract leads one writer to suggest that it would be a mistake to think Kelly's designs on acquiring Mariota are dead.

Mark Eckel of says it's really strange that the most-talked about player in the draft will be one of the last players to sign. Eagles blog Bleeding Green Nation picked up on the possibilities.

Despite the speculation, most reports indicate the snag in negotiations is "offset" language, which would allow the Titans to recoup some money from Mariota if he signs with another team three years from now. Titans general manager Ruston Webster said he's not concerned.

"It's going like most contract situations go about this time of year," Webster told reporters. "We have had good conversations. We'll continue to have good conversations. Looking forward to getting that done and him being in here for camp."

There's no reason to think Mariota won't sign a deal with the Titans, however, if he remains unsigned as training camp draws closer, expect the speculation to increase dramatically.

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