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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: Aug 23, 2007
Posted on: January 23, 2012 7:36 pm

Chip Kelly changes mind, turns down Bucs

 I too think that Kelly is trying to run before the hammer falls on his program for violations he's done in recruiting. I heard that Phil
Knight came in and put the screws to Kelly too. I wonder how this will effect their recruiting going forward. Because if I were an opposing 
Pac-12 team recruiting against Oregon, I'd be telling recruits that Kelly has one foot out the door.

Is the Bucs job that unattractive that Kelly turned it down? What are those Glazer boys doing over there? Seems to me this Bucs
job is persona non grada by a lot of the coaches around the league.

Since: Oct 13, 2007
Posted on: January 23, 2012 6:41 pm

Chip Kelly changes mind, turns down Bucs

Tampa Bay -- bring back the Orange Uniforms and Bucco Bruce on the helmet.  Should have never changed it.  Notice the rave reviews when they now wear those on a retro weekend. 

THEN -- you'll have a winner in town.  You can take that to the waffle house!

Since: Mar 1, 2009
Posted on: January 23, 2012 4:10 pm

Chip Kelly changes mind, turns down Bucs

Bucs are postitioning themselves very nicely for the 1st pick on the 2013 NFL draft.

Since: Nov 8, 2011
Posted on: January 23, 2012 4:04 pm

Chip Kelly changes mind, turns down Bucs

Who goes by the name 'Chip" anyway .... Isn't that a little ridiculous in of itself

Since: Nov 8, 2011
Posted on: January 23, 2012 4:02 pm

Chip Kelly changes mind, turns down Bucs

Chip Kelly is not an NFL coach. He can win in the Pac10 when USC is on probation. Don't forget many of the recruits went to Oregon from southern california because of all the trouble at USC. Most of the Oregon team isn't Oregon players. This trouble at USC has been going on for a long while now. It's finally back to ground zero. I'm not a Pac 10 fan. I think those teams are lame (Beavers & Cougars? - who cares). My point is now that USC is back on track those kids are going to back to USC and UCLA where they belong. Oregon is done.

Since: May 15, 2007
Posted on: January 23, 2012 2:33 pm

Chip Kelly changes mind, turns down Bucs

I think Tampa's overreacting to what happened at the tail end of this season. Aside from Chip Kelly, they've been going after "established" coaches. An "established" coach (read: an old dude) is no guarantee that you will have a well-run and well-disciplined team, especially if you're considering retreads like Childress and Sherman. Conversely, a young guy isn't necessarily going to be soft (see: Mike Tomlin, Sean Payton). They just need to find the best coach available rather than overthink the process.

Since: Mar 27, 2009
Posted on: January 23, 2012 2:22 pm

Chip Kelly changes mind, turns down Bucs

I was very surprised to read that Chip Kelly was even remotely considering taking the Bucs HC job.  This leads me believe that the NCAA is considering lowering the boom on Oregon for recruiting violations (Willie Lyles fiasco) or that he was posturing for a contract extension and a probable raise in pay.  Either way, I'm glad he has decided to stay, but I'm a little pieved that he would even consider leaving Oregon after only 3 years on the job.  You've got a good thing going Chip with one of the biggest boosters in all of college athletics in Phil Knight (if not THE biggest) paving the recruiting road for you, so why would you want to leave?

Since: Jul 28, 2011
Posted on: January 23, 2012 2:09 pm
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Since: Aug 20, 2007
Posted on: January 23, 2012 12:58 pm

Chip Kelly changes mind, turns down Bucs

Seriously... there's probably guys flipping burgers at McDonald's that would rather stay where they are than to coach the Bucs.. :)

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: January 23, 2012 12:17 pm

Chip Kelly changes mind, turns down Bucs

As most of these college sleazeballs do, I won't be surprised to learn that Kelly has received a five year extension and $500k raise.

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