SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Two coaches who each are in just the
second season with their teams, and only a few years removed from
relative obscurity, are a victory away from joining an elite club.
Either Auburn's Gene Chizik or Oregon's Chip Kelly will become
just the ninth active coach in major college football to win a
national title when the top-ranked Tigers meet the No. 2 Ducks on
Monday night in BCS championship.
Chizik returned to Auburn, where he had been defensive
coordinator, after a two-year stint as Iowa State's head coach that
produced five victories. His hiring was not universally celebrated
by Auburn fans - to say the least.
Kelly was the offensive coordinator at New Hampshire five years
ago and had never been a head coach at any level before Oregon
promoted him after the 2008 season.