Chip Kelly: Game Ref Is “Friends” With Harbaugh

At halftime of the Stanford-Oregon game in Eugune on Saturday night, Oregon Coach Chip Kelly showed his dissatisfaction with the officiating during an interview with Erin Andrews on ABC-TV.

Chip Kelly

(Credit: Portland Oregonian, ABC-TV)

During his comments about a lack of communication with the presiding game referee, Kelly went so far as to flippantly suggest that perhaps the ref was ignoring him because the official was “friends” with opposing Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh.

Transcription and video of Kelly’s comments are below.

Andrews: “What are you barking at these officials for? What are you saying?

Kelly: “It’s really loud so you gotta raise your voice.

Andrews: “So what are you saying?

Kelly: “I just want to know why they won’t come talk to us, I think Jim and him (head referee) got friends, I don’t know I just want some explanation on some things.”

Andrews: “What was the explanation he gave you?

Kelly: “He didn’t give me one. We’ll figure out afterwards, it’s got nothing to do with the officials. We gotta play better and can’t turn the ball over.

It has nothing to do with the officials, which is why Kelly is upset enough to make such a statement about Harbaugh. Have a feeling Kelly may hear from the Pac-10 office about his comments after the game.