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Chip Kelly changes mind, turns down Bucs

Posted on: January 23, 2012 8:24 am
Edited on: January 23, 2012 12:21 pm

By Josh Katzowitz

On Sunday afternoon, we had the news that Oregon coach Chip Kelly was a prime candidate for the Buccaneers head coaching job, and overnight Monday, it appeared that he had decided to take the job.

Now, it appears that he’s reversed course and will stay at Oregon.

That’s according to's Bryan Fischer, who writes that a source said via text message, "I don't know what to say... he changed his mind."

One report from a Portland radio station Sunday stated that Kelly was "working to finalize a deal that would make him head coach of the Tampa Bay Bucs,” and the Tampa Bay Tribune wrote that the Glazer family had met with Kelly last week and “both Kelly and the Bucs are proceeding down a path they mutually hope will result in an agreement in the next 24-48 hours."

Early Monday morning, the Eugene Register Guard reported simply that the deal “was done.” But apparently, soon after he had made a decision, he reversed course and decided to stay in Eugene.

"His heart is with college football and Oregon and he's no longer being considered,'' general manager Mark Dominik told the Tampa Bay Times.

But's Mike Freeman reports that there's a tiny chance Kelly could re-reverse course, writing, "What I'm also told is that while this is 99 percent done there is still a one percent chance Kelly could change his mind again."

As he appeared close to taking the job Sunday night, Kelly canceled at least one recruiting visit, leading to speculation that he really was considering the Buccaneers. But according to the Register Guard, Kelly told an assistant he wasn’t sure what he wanted to do, so it’s unclear whether Kelly actually accepted the job in the first place.

The move would have also made sense on this level. As Fischer writes, “Numerous questions surround the timing of the move to Tampa Bay, beginning with Oregon's still-open NCAA investigation into recruiting violations surrounding supposed scout Willie Lyles. Kelly is believed to be at the center of the probe regarding, among other things, a $25,000 payment to Lyles for scouting services and any improprieties surrounding former Ducks running back Lache Seastrunk.”

Now, the Buccaneers will have to find somebody else to replace Raheem Morris, who they fired three weeks ago. Previous candidates for the job include Mike Sherman (seemingly the early favorite to land the job), Wade Phillips (who has pulled his name out of consideration), Mike Zimmer, Rob Chudzinski, John Gray and Marty Schottenheimer and Brad Childress.

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Since: Oct 10, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 12:59 pm

Chip Kelly changes mind, turns down Bucs

Unfortunately, this means that one of the Packers assistants might be leaving for Tampa soon.  I do not like it when other teams raid succesful NFL combinations for coaching talent--I understand it, just don't like it.  Guess I'm a sap for the "good-old-days,' when it at least it seemed there was a bit of loyalty to the team that brung ya...

Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: January 24, 2012 12:21 pm

Chip Kelly changes mind, turns down Bucs

I think Chip looked at some Tampa offensive game film and I literally mean offensive and decided his college team had a better chance at the SB than the Bucs.   Typical Tampa going on here.  Nobody wants to coach this team it seems and there is nobody that wants to play very hard for this team.  The Glazers are running out of options on "the big hire."  Really who is the "big hire" out there?  Marty Schottenheimer and Brad Childers getting dusted off ...please!  A string of assistants being brought in and then signing with other clubs.  The Bucs sure are starting to look like the expansion team of old.  It might be time for the Glazers to sell and concentrate on their soccer team.  Plenty of people interested in owning an NFL franchise and what the Glazers have done the last 5 years seems to be showing a seeming lack of interest.

Since: Nov 28, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2012 8:29 am

Chip Kelly changes mind, turns down Bucs

Chippy comes across as kinda arrogant, but he ain't dumb.  He has an O that would make Spurriers NFL try at the Fun & Gun look great.  Stay in college Chip, rumor has it NIKE has lots of money to throw around, plus you get to see all those snazzy uniforms.

Since: Jan 24, 2012
Posted on: January 24, 2012 8:06 am
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Since: May 15, 2009
Posted on: January 24, 2012 7:35 am

Chip Kelly changes mind, turns down Bucs

I doubt his offense would have worked well in the NFL anyway, good move to stay in Eugene!

Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:36 am

Chip Kelly changes mind, turns down Bucs

Its unfortunate that Kelly decided to turn downt the Bucs though lets face it can any real sports fan blame him.  This situation is funny on two fronts 1) well for Kelly to say nope nevermind tampa changed my mind is funny enough and embarrassing for the Buc franchise indeed but also 2) yet another story where one news agency is reporting a "done deal" that isn't.  So over the last three days these reports are coming in "HOF College Coach dead" "Nevermind no he isn't" *six hours pass* "Ok HOF Coach Dead..again, and this time we're sure" and now we got "Kelly's a done deal with tampa"  *Less then 24 hours later* "Ok nevermind that as well...Kelly changes mind we're wrong again" I'm starting to think there is a whole new set of Journalist jobs out there those that are hired to write story retraction articles that don't do the do and follow through lol.  How about reporting it right the first time not that I'm against job creation especially in this tough economy but I would sacrifice jobs for the accuracy of journalism...not like journalism accuracy happens anywhere else in the media so why in sports I know I know.   CBS save yourself the time just Hire Stephen King, Tom Clancy, and some chick romance authors to just start making shit up and posting on least then you'll have a famous fictional author behind these works of fiction like its intended...egg on your face again CBS quick someone get some english muffins and cheese so we can have a mcmuffin

Since: Jan 12, 2009
Posted on: January 24, 2012 12:44 am

Chip Kelly changes mind, turns down Bucs

Happy Chip Kelly is staying with the Ducks.   He would have gone to Tampa and crashed and burned.  The owners of the Bucks are the new Al Davis of the NFL. That team is going no where as long as they own it.  

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: January 23, 2012 11:58 pm

Chip Kelly changes mind, turns down Bucs

The gap was 3 points this year.

Since: Dec 3, 2008
Posted on: January 23, 2012 10:10 pm

Chip Kelly changes mind, turns down Bucs

Keep in mind we started beating USC before the NCAA sanctions kicked in, during Pete Carroll's last season in 2009. Even during their infamous run during the prime Carroll years, we were still recruiting SoCal (and honestly, had been since the Rich Brooks era). We even beat a 2007 USC team loaded with future NFL-ers heads up (only a rash of devastating injuries kept us from winning out the rest of the way). So, I fail to see how Oregon is "done".  We've gradually improved our standing nationally year-to-year throughout the decade and Kelly's ability to find stars has only grown. Next season will be very interesting, especially since it's likely we will play USC twice. Then we'll see how wide the gap is.

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: January 23, 2012 7:38 pm

Chip Kelly changes mind, turns down Bucs

There are plenty of opinions here about what Chip Kelly might be thinking so one more will only add to the muddle. We really don't know. We likely will never know. Next week (assuming no change in the status quo) Canzano or some hack will write an expose that will explain all this (facts? We don't need any facts to be John  Canzano.)
You have to wonder, however, after watching the SF 49ers get to the NFC Championship game and nearly win it, if other college coaches and NFL executives are not inspired to make a similar move to coach Harbaugh? What is the point if you are Chip Kelly? You have not yet won a championship but the future looks brighter than it has for years at Oregon. I do not buy that the NCAA investigation has anything to do with this. Unless there are other payments to Lyles not disclosed yet Kelly did nothing secretive and all with the school's authorization. As far as the comment that USC being on the rise Oregon cannot get the California athletes that seems short sided. Oregon has been winning in the PAC for many years. Their playing style fits skill players well, maybe better in many cases than other programs. And there are many more athletes in Southern California that these two or three (UCLA) schools can use. Coaching is more important and the best coaching appears to be at Oregon.

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