Chip Kelly Departure Creates Recruiting Opportunities
Any time there's a regime change in college football it can be meaningful in recruiting. A change at the top could signal unwelcome changes (from a player's perspective) in schemes and/or performance. Chip Kelly's departure from the head coach at Oregon during a critical period in recruiting (less than three weeks before signing day) creates opportunities to poach recruits. There's no reason that Nebraska shouldn't seek to take advantage.
The presumptive replacement for Kelly is offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich. You'd think that having the coordinator title at Oregon would make you one of the best candidates for any head coaching job in college football, not just Oregon. But Helfrich didn't hold the job that many coordinators do. He didn't call the plays - Kelly did. So bringing him in to replace Kelly might be like bringing in Frank Solich to replace Tom Osborne. Sure, there's some continuity there. But it still isn't the same.
Helfrich's previous stint as offensive coordinator was at Colorado. In his three seasons there under Dan Hawkins the offense could best be described as "terrible", then rose to "nearly mediocre" before falling back to "awful".
You could make a fairly compelling case to recruits then that the best days of the Ducks offense have come to an end. Meanwhile, the Nebraska offense is roaring along. Two current Oregon recruits hold offers from Nebraska. There's four-star offensive tackle Evan Voeller and three-star tight end Danny Mattingly. Both play at positions of need for the Huskers.
Both prospects are from the northwest, so luring them to Lincoln would be no small achievement. Still, it seems worth a try.