Chip Kelly's Middle East trip to visit the troops.
“It became apparent that this is a guy that fit what we were looking for,” said Mike Whalen, a director of Morale Entertainment, the non-profit that organizes the tours with support from the USO and Under Armour.
In choosing coaches for the tour, Whalen said, organizers look for the personality and charisma required to interact with some 15,000 to 20,000 service personnel over the course of just over a week.
Sounds just like Chip to me.
• Andy Mac reports that LaMichael James and Kenjon Barner have accomplished something that hasn't been done at Oregon since the 1933-34 school year.
They became the first student-athletes in 74 years – and second and third ever - to win conference titles in both football and track in the same academic year, joining former Duck football captain and javelin thrower Bob Parke.
Quite a feat guys, congrats.
• Incoming recruit Derrick Malone was honored yesterday with the 46th annual Ken Hubbs Memorial Award, which goes to the best male high school athlete in the greater San Bernardino area.
"I'm honored and blessed," Malone, a football and track and field star, said after receiving a bust of Hubbs and posing for dozens of photos.
Malone's mother, Candice Allen, had a similar reaction.
"I'm surprised," she said. "When I heard them say how (the winner) coached youth football and fed the poor, I said 'Oh my God, that's my son.' I'm very proud. He's a good kid."
Very nice story, check out the complete article if you have a couple of minutes.