So, “Big Balls Chip” it is

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The folks at Buzzfeed, via (@TheSlawDr), have brought to our attention the nickname given to Chip Kelly at Oregon: Big Balls Chip. And while we could very easily deduce the moniker’s origins (Kelly’s willingness to go for it on fourth down and other unconventional tactics… or a rumor started by some coed that Chip has massive stones), we’ll turn to the authority on this sort of thing, Urban Dictionary:

Big Balls Chip: University of Oregon's Football Coach Chip Kelly has been given the nickname "Big Balls Chip" for his uncanny amount of courage and trust in the 2010 Oregon Ducks offense on 4th down.

It was 4th and 3 with 2 minutes left in the game on our own 35 and the crowd started chanting "Big Balls Chip" as Chip Kelly sent Thomas back out there to get the first.


The name took on a life of its own after that, most notably when ESPN’s College GameDay went to Eugene in October, 2011. Fans chanted “BIG BALLS CHIP!” (more on that in a second) as Kelly was being mic’d up for his segment. Behind him, in view of cameras, was this sign, which tips its cap at South Park:

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There’s more, too.

Students turned the nickname into t-shirt graphics…

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… used it as a Halloween costume… 

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… and made it into a meme…

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But the best part is the chant.

“BIG BALLS CHIP” rolls off the tongue quite nicely (that’s what she said), but it's the movement that goes with the chant that really hammers home the point. Demonstrated hither:

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And here, as students serenaded BBC before his GameDay segment: [check Kirk Herbstreit at the beginning of the first clip]


Big Balls Chip has, in fact, been validated by the Google bots. Kelly’s bio turns up the following:

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There may be a better Chip pun out there… but you couldn't have asked for a coach with a better nickname than Big Balls Chip.


  1. The top image is South Park-y because it’s a parody of a screenshot/image from a 2010 episode of South Park…

  2. LaDasha McReynolds

    January 17, 2013 at 9:57 am

    I can’t wait to witness his big balls first hand…and mouth.

  3. Yeah Dan, we all know, and nobody asked.

  4. Candy from the Oak

    January 17, 2013 at 10:18 am

    49 and single , probably sucked a lot of balls

  5. The Original that guy

    January 17, 2013 at 10:23 am

    So….No AC/DC Chip Kelly videos out there yet?

  6. Not sure if it’s been used before but I came up with the “The Innovator of Offense” ala “The Innovator of Violence” Tommy Dreamer

  7. A Huge Wingbowl Fan

    January 17, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Chip should come to the Wingbowl & get his balls licked by a wingette

  8. So his real name is Charlie…Charlie Kelly…

  9. Slammin Gretzky's Daughter

    January 17, 2013 at 11:29 am

    @Chip Dip, haha nice. First thing I thought of too. His nickname should be King of the Rats then.

  10. Imagine all the young pussy chip is going to get in philly

  11. Teabagging Legend

  12. Can’t believe the Flyers chose Giroux to wear the C. Locker room cancer with a huge ego.

  13. The “Big Balls” nickname was started at USC and referred to “Big Balls Pete” Carroll. The students would cup their hands as if holding a giant pair of nuts while chanting that.

  14. Bully from Broad

    January 18, 2013 at 8:08 am

    Big Balls Chip sounds better, and he’s not a douche like Carroll.

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