Refund from Oregon Coach to Tony Seminary is a Fan’s Request Granted

September 24, 2009

The story of Chip Kelly, Oregon coach and Tony Seminary, a dissatisfied fan has made headlines. The fan, disappointed in the season opening game against Boise State, sent the coach a letter along with a bill of $439 for his expenses in attending the game. Amazingly, Kelly paid it. Read for more details.


The game in question saw Oregon losing to Boise State 19-8 at Bronco Stadium and you can see highlights in the video below. Not least, after the game, there was a melee involving Oregon running back LeGarrette Blount as the aggressor against Boise State’s Chris Brown player. Blount has been put on suspension for the rest of the season, though remains on scholarship and will practice with the team.

With all of the above contributing to Tony Seminary’s dissatisfaction, he sent the coach a bill. According to the Seattle Times, Seminary’s total of $439 included the cost of the plane trip, the cab fare as well as the tickets to the game. He is identified as a Portland resident, a 1996 graduate of Oregon, and a Ducks season ticket holder since 1995.

His letter sent via email read in part:

”I was so angry with the game (even before the postgame melee). I am sending you an invoice for my trip to Boise. The product on the field Thursday night is not something I was at all proud of, and I feel as though I’m entitled to my money back for the trip. Please see my invoice attached in this e-mail. I will happily send along receipts if need be.”

Coach Kelly wrote out a check and mailed it to Tony Seminary. For his part, the fan returned the check, saying, in part:

“Your kids must want to run through walls for you.”

The story has received such widespread attention because friends of Seminary sent copies of the check and the correspondence to media organizations, including the Seattle Times.

You can see a copy of the check as well as more quotations from the correspondence here, courtesy of Every Day Should Be Saturday which also interviewed Seminary, who said, in reflection upon the turn of events:

“I think of Coach Kelly as a totally different person now, I have a different bond with him now thanks to what happened. Let’s just say he lost every game as an Oregon coach. You would never hear me calling for his head. It just wouldn’t happen. The guy showed an incredible amount of class”

That’s what all the buzz is about, an amazing story, as documented above. Readers, leave us your comments, what do you think about the Oregon coach and Tony Seminary and a surprising resolution to a fan’s dissatisfaction?


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