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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: Feb 16, 2011
Posted on: January 23, 2012 11:35 am

Chip Kelly changes mind, turns down Bucs

I'm glad chip Kelly declined the offer, he has such a good thing going with the Oregon Ducks the way it is now, national championship apearance, Rose bowl win, pac 12 titles. Why risk losing something thats so golden for an NFL flop coaching career. Thats why the Bucs should be happy with this decision, his speedy offense wouldn't work in the NFL. College and NFL are a huge different in offense styles, the Bucs need a solid NFL coach that can turn that team around and I know they will.

Since: Jan 10, 2010
Posted on: January 23, 2012 10:44 am

Chip Kelly changes mind, turns down Bucs

i would rather get a successful college coach rather than some offensive/defensive coordinator that has no experience head coaching. the last 4 coaches for the rams were coordinators that netted us 16 wins in 4 years. i rest my case.

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: January 23, 2012 10:43 am

Chip Kelly changes mind, turns down Bucs

You'd have taken Fisher after ZERo interviews if you could.  Your blathering ignorance is laughable.

Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: January 23, 2012 10:39 am

Chip Kelly changes mind, turns down Bucs

As a Bucs fan... GOOD.
Chip Kelly is a college coach.   He runs a fast paced, spread option gimmick offense.  It would never fly in the NFL.  He has never run a pro-style offense.
It appears he was a "name" and an attampt to make a splash by the Bucs owners.
Who knows, maybe he would be a good leader and delegate well for the pros, but it sure does not seem that way.

Either way, those bashing the Bucs are wrong.  They are doing this hiring correctly.  They are interviewing many coaches from all levels of experieince: retreads, coordinators, college guys etc...   Some are made public, many are private and no one knows.  They are doing an exhaustive search and considering everyone, just like they said they would.

The opposite approach is the Rams and Dolphins:  they look at 1 guy and put on blinders and say we want him. 
Not thanks, would rather have a team interview EVERYONE and if they get burned by a few along the way, so be it.

Since: Sep 25, 2011
Posted on: January 23, 2012 10:35 am

Chip Kelly changes mind, turns down Bucs

A modicum of research would have discovered that there is no such paper as the "Tampa Bay Tribun!!!!"

Since: Apr 12, 2007
Posted on: January 23, 2012 10:15 am

Chip Kelly changes mind, turns down Bucs

He must have gotten word there would be no major ncaa violations for his team. Welcome back Coach carroll.....err i mean Coach Kelly

Since: Aug 11, 2008
Posted on: January 23, 2012 9:37 am

Chip Kelly changes mind, turns down Bucs

Ducks to Bucs to Ducks.

Since: Jan 5, 2012
Posted on: January 23, 2012 8:49 am

Report: Chip Kelly changes mind, turns down Bucs

can't say that I blame him, what a mess that FO is

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