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Rapid rise for Chizik, Kelly leads to title game

By Ralph D. Russo

Associated Press

Published: Saturday, Jan. 8 2011 10:38 a.m. MST

Auburn head coach Gene Chizik speaks during the BCS National Championship media day Friday, Jan. 7, 2011, in Scottsdale, Ariz. Auburn will face Oregon in the BCS National Championship football game on Jan. 10 in Glendale, Ariz.

Matt York, Associated Press

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — 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.

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