In today’s national columnist of Fact or Fiction Mike Farrell examines three recent big topics in college football and decides if each statement is really DONE or if it’s FICTION.
1. Chip Kelly will return to Oregon.
Farrell’s version: FICTION. I know the Ducks are chasing the former Oregon manager and trying to get him out of UCLA, but I would be surprised if Chip Kelly left Los Angeles. It must be tempting and it might be great again in Oregon, but he has worked a lot at UCLA and honestly has a better chance of success in this day and age there with the recruiting and NIL benefit. It would be a home rental for Oregon, but there are so many things that work against the Ducks here that it would come as a surprise to me.
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2. Quinn Ewers will land in Texas.
Farrell’s Opinion: DONE. The former five-star quarterback will be visiting the Longhorns this weekend after a good visit to Texas Tech earlier in the week and it’s a tighter battle than you might think, especially with the hiring of Zach Kittley from western Kentucky and how friendly he will be for the quarterback.
But I was told his first call was for Steve Sarkisian and only the Texas brand has Longhorns with a big advantage. He’s been busy there before when Tom Herman he was in charge and make no mistake that NIL is at stake here, so I would be flabbergasted if he wasn’t blown away during his visit to Austin.
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3. Jacob Copeland will finally end up in Tennessee.
Farrell’s Opinion: DONE. This is a complete guess and honestly the FICTION answer is easier here, but I have a gut feeling about that. Remember that Jacob Copeland is famous for engaging in Florida on national television while his mom sat next to him wearing a Vols hat. Mom stood up in the middle of the announcement in disgust and clearly wanted Copeland in Tennessee.
Does it matter now? No.
But the offense that Josh Heupel he showed in Knoxville it was impressive and Copeland could make an immediate big impact there and maybe get the goals he wanted in Florida.
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