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Report: Chip Kelly 'close' to landing Bucs job

Posted on: January 22, 2012 8:10 pm
Edited on: January 22, 2012 9:35 pm
Chip Kelly is reportedly "close" to being the next Buccaneers coach. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers coaching search has been quiet the last few days but on Sunday night a potentially earth-shaking report emerged that has Oregon Ducks coach Chip Kelly leaving his gig in Eugene to take a job with the Bucs.

That report comes from KGW Sports' Michael Berk who says that Kelly is "working to finalize a deal that would make him head coach of the Tampa Bay Bucs."

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Berk adds that Kelly will "make the jump" if he can "come to terms on a contract," so let's hold the horses on assuming that this is a done deal, at least for now.

Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Tribune confirms Berk's report, noting that general manager Mark Dominik and the Glazer family met with Kelly "this past week" and that "both Kelly and the Bucs are proceeding down a path they mutually hope will result in an agreement in the next 24-48 hours."

And then there's this:

"We got Chip Kelly!... Let's go #Buccaneers," Bucs wide receiver Arrelious Benn tweeted Sunday night, before adding that he was only "asking" if the Bucs landed Kelly.

Kelly became the offensive coordinator for Oregon in 2007 and served in that position until head coach Mike Bellotti became the school's athletic director and Kelly took over as head coach.

He's won the PAC-10 Coach of the Year award twice and made a BCS bowl each of his three seasons at Oregon, in large part thanks to his high-powered spread offense that's piled up points for the Ducks since he came to Eugene.

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Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: January 23, 2012 12:51 am

Report: Chip Kelly 'close' to landing Bucs job

You have the name of the newspaper wrong. It's Tampa Bay Times.

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: January 23, 2012 12:48 am

Report: Chip Kelly 'close' to landing Bucs job

Theres' a rumor that Kelly is leaving before sanctions are imposed on Oregon.  I've seen this published twice but no hard evidence - of course these matters are confidential  until released so hard evidence is hard to come by.  I am certainly not in the know but some of the sources are close to Pac 12 Football.

Since: Jan 16, 2008
Posted on: January 23, 2012 12:32 am

Report: Chip Kelly 'close' to landing Bucs job

at Ohio Sate if any of the 5 star guys want to play w/ the big boys in the Big Ten. 

Thanks for the laugh before bed...

Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: January 23, 2012 12:29 am

Report: Chip Kelly 'close' to landing Bucs job

Wow, Chip Kelly is obviously doing something right. He has a few posters here that are all bent out of shape.

If Nick Saban can't make it in the NFL,Kelly can't either
Now there's logic for ya. Because Saban can't do it, I'm guessing no college coach can.

maybe he can trade for Tebow and keep running is spread!!!
 That would be too funny 
I'm sure he would draft Thomas, he's at least familiar with his offense. No offense Tebow fans.

Cheating Ducks! When Chip Kelly leaves a high profile program and a successful one at that to a wasteland of NFL mediocrity like PEte Carrol has is only to escape NCAA penalties as many here have mentioned. I laways knew that Chip Kelly was a cheater. The on huddle offense is not legal in college football. It never was...and yet the Oregon Ducks have used it over and over again...only tomget pawned when they play against teams from other conferences.
Yep, the no huddle is not allowed in any sport. You know what each team should do is tell the defense if they are going to go hurry up and also give them the play so that they stand a good chance of defending it.
Ducks have been to 3 BCS bowls, better then my team and your Stanford team with a Clemson Tiger paw.

How is the no huddle offense "illegal"??? It's been run in several conferences. 
Pretty much every team has a no huddle (2 minute offense). I was confused as well. Maybe he meant you can only use no huddle in the last 2 minutes of either half or quarter.

That whacky, quacky offense in the NFL?? Read my tweet, IT WILL NEVER WORK!!
Why won't it work. Anyone can say that, where's your backup statement saying why? I'm going to catch some flack for this, but no one thought and myself included that Tebow with his limited skills would wind up winning that many games. Defenses had to know he can't throw consistently and you know it's either Tebow or McGahee running the ball. Yet that worked out well for Denver. Maybe no long term, but in the short term it did.  

Since: Apr 14, 2008
Posted on: January 23, 2012 12:17 am

Report: Chip Kelly 'close' to landing Bucs job

So which former Pac-10 coach is Kelly following in the footsteps of? Dennis (the vagabond) Erickson chasing big money or Pete Carroll trying to stay one step ahead of the law and sanctions?

Since: May 20, 2011
Posted on: January 23, 2012 12:14 am

Report: Chip Kelly 'close' to landing Bucs job

Report: Chip Kelly 'close' to landing Bucs job

Reports out of Eugene has Chris Petersen heading to the Ducks from Boise.  Nice

Umm, really? This news just broke about Kelly hours ago and you think the Ducks have already spoke to Peterson? Get real. Chris just signed an extension and yes, money talks, but, guaranteed there has been no contact between the two parties as of yet. And I am thinking Peterson is smart enough to stay away from a rules violating college that will certainly be looking at sanctions fairly soon.

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: January 23, 2012 12:14 am

Report: Chip Kelly 'close' to landing Bucs job

College to Pros success Dick Vermiel.

Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: January 23, 2012 12:11 am

Report: Chip Kelly 'close' to landing Bucs job

The Oregon football program must be close to receiving NCAA sanctions for him to skip town...[deja vu?  see Pete Carroll and USC].

Since: Jan 22, 2012
Posted on: January 23, 2012 12:02 am
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Since: Apr 29, 2010
Posted on: January 22, 2012 11:42 pm

Report: Chip Kelly 'close' to landing Bucs job

What a schmutz this guy is. 4,000 texts and email since 2007 with Will Lyles? When 90% of college football programs won't allow a coach to talk to him? This guy is all about "where there's smoke there's fire". All about it. And about himself. Thta's why sanction will be much heavier than Will Lyles incidets alone. Once the sanctions hit no one else in college hires him for jack squat. Pro is only option and he can get head coaching position there right now. So he goes now.

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