Wogan understanding about Kelly leaving for NFL
Surprised at first, Porter Ridge High senior Matt Wogan seems to be taking Oregon's coaching change in stride.
Wogan, an all-American kicker, will sign a full scholarship next month to kick for the powerhouse Ducks.
Wogan thought he would be kicking for head coach Chip Kelly, but Kelly was introduced as the next head coach for the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday.
"At first it kind of sucked because he said he was going to stay but left," Wogan said. "I understand it, though. It's the NFL, which is a dream of anyone that is a part of the sport. To me it stinks, but I know that he going to a good place. Nothing is going to change. Its going to be four years of war. Maybe its going to be good motivation for next year."
Oregon has a 46-7 record over the past four seasons, and Wogan wants to keep the tradition going.
Oregon has kept its entire paid coaching staff in tact over the last four years, and is expected to promote offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich to the head coaching job.
"The national championship is still our goal," Wogan said. "Same as with Porter Ridge next season, the goals never change, success never graduates. The reason you get interviewed for the job is because of the players around you."
The Ducks lost a lot on offense, but do return quarterback Marcus Mariota and sophomore running back De'Anthony Thomas.
Kelly is a major loss, but Helfrich runs one of the most successful offenses in the nation.
Oregon averaged 49.6 points and 537.4 yards per game last season.
"It gives you confidence knowing you have someone that knows what they're doing," Wogan said. "I think its going to help out. It's a part of football. Players and coaches will come and go."
Wogan leaves Porter Ridge with a list of records, including the Union County mark for longest field goal in a game (58 yards).
He made 11-of-16 field goal attempts as a senior, including 5-of-7 from beyond 50 yards, and made 25 field goals over his career.