UO season-ticket holder sends the coach a bill for $439 worth of expenses for the trip
From our just-like-Nordstrom’s file:
Chip Kelly, the Oregon football coach, hasn’t fully satisfied all of Duck Nation yet. But he has won over a fan in the Portland area, Tony Seminary.
Seminary, who describes himself as a UO season-ticket holder since 1996, attended the Boise State opener. He got so frothed up over the evening’s proceedings that he sent Kelly a letter with a billing statement, detailing $439 worth of expenses for the trip — plane and game tickets, meals and a cab ride.
“I am sending you an invoice for my trip to Boise,” Seminary wrote Kelly. “I feel as though I’m entitled to my money back for the trip.”
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Done. Kelly scribbled out a check for $439 to Seminary, one of whose friends sent copies of the check and the correspondence to The Times and other outlets. Taken aback, Seminary wrote to Kelly with effusive praise — “Your kids must want to run through walls for you” — and said he was returning the check.
Judging by Kelly’s terse response to the issue on the Pac-10 conference call Tuesday, Seminary probably doesn’t have to worry about induction into the Ducks’ hall of fame anytime soon.
First, he violated a primary tenet of fandom: You might expect chateaubriand, but you never know when you’ll get dog meat.
And second, allowing Kelly’s bonhomie to get public is not what the Ducks had in mind.
“I got no comment on that,” Kelly said Tuesday. “We’re getting ready to play California.”
My attempts to reach Seminary were unsuccessful. Meanwhile, fans commenting on Web sites such as www.everydayshouldbesaturday.com figure they need to be made whole.
One Notre Dame fan wrote, “ND’s 2007 season alone could be worth millions. Compensation is due not only for losses and travel expenses, but for emotional damages, academic damages and most importantly, liver damages.”
An Alabama rooter weighed in with: “If that’s the case, the ‘Bama Mikes (DuBose, Price and Shula) owe me a yacht filled with gold bricks, angus beef and dreams.”
As for refunds, good thing Tyrone Willingham never established such a precedent at Washington.
Old habits die hard
There are things you can absolutely count on around the Pac-10: A lot of beautiful people will always hang out on Mill Avenue in Tempe. The herb-garlic bread is to die for at the C & O Trattoria at the Venice Pier.
And quarterbacking will tend to be an issue at Arizona and Oregon State.
The league has been playing football for 31 seasons now as the Pac-10, and somehow, neither school has ever had a first-team all-league quarterback. Washington State has had five, and USC leads with seven.
On cue, Arizona and OSU meet Saturday in Corvallis, with varying degrees of QB angst. ‘Zona will give Michigan State transfer Nick Foles his first start over Matt Scott.
“We just want to see if we can get a little better flow,” coach Mike Stoops said.
Meanwhile, Oregonian columnist John Canzano called for the reinstatement of Lyle Moevao over Sean Canfield at Oregon State. But coach Mike Riley is backing Canfield, who has always been seen as a guy with downfield capabilities lacking in Moevao.
Besides, said Riley, to date Moevao hasn’t been game-ready after offseason shoulder surgery.
“I don’t know exactly how or when or what,” Riley said, “but there could be a chance he’s ready to play some in this game.”
And What’s More …
• The facilities arms race took on ridiculous extremes at Stanford, where, in the offseason, coach Jim Harbaugh had a bathroom installed adjacent to his office for an estimated $50,000 to 70,000, booster-financed. It saves him a little farther trek down a hallway.
• How bad was Aaron Corp and the USC passing game at Washington? Said coach Pete Carroll, “We were probably fortunate we didn’t throw three or four more picks.”
• Arizona State has taken a hit with a serious groin injury to Groza Award kicker Thomas Weber that will keep him out from five to six games. A possibility to replace him is standout linebacker Mike Nixon.
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