Oregon's Kelly wins AP coach of year award

Oregon's Chip Kelly was named AP coach of the year on Tuesday, his fourth major honor following the Ducks' undefeated regular season.

Kelly was also named coach of the year by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, the Football Writers Association of America and The Sporting News.

Chip KellyICONOregon's Chip Kelly is the AP coach of the year.

He received 24 of 55 votes in the AP race to beat out Auburn's Gene Chizik, who had 17 votes. The honor from the AP triggers a $25,000 bonus under the terms of his contract.

Stanford's Jim Harbaugh was third with five votes, TCU's Gary Patterson, last year's winner, and Mark Dantonio of Michigan State each received three votes. Nevada's Chris Ault, Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy and Mike Haywood, who led Miami (OH) to a MAC championship before taking the head job at Pittsburgh last week, each received a vote.

Kelly, who was also named Pac-10 coach of the year for the second straight season, guided the second-ranked Ducks through a 12-0 regular season and a berth in the BCS title game against No. 1 Auburn on Jan. 10 in Glendale, Ariz.

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