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Posted on: January 26, 2012 9:50 pm
Edited on: January 26, 2012 11:50 pm
 

Chip Kelly says he never took Buccaneers job

Kelly says he never left the Ducks' side. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

Chip Kelly's brief flirtation with the Buccaneers job was just that: brief. Reports emerged on Sunday night that Kelly would take the Tampa Bay gig. But while most of the world was sleeping, the situation was flopped and Kelly bailed.

Unless he didn't; Kelly went on KUJZ in Oregon and said that he never accepted the Bucs gig and that he never "flip-flopped."

"The only decision I ever made was to not accept the job," Kelly said, via Rob Moseley of the Oregon Register-Guard. "I never changed my mind; I never committed to the job and then flip-flopped.

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"It was nothing more than, I'd like to hear what they had to say."

Well, the Bucs are unlikely to comment on the situation, especially since they "found their man" in Rutgers Greg Schiano. So it's unlikely that Kelly can be proven incorrect. And he did admit that he talked with Tampa Bay, and that he came upon their interest via Oregon's Athletic Director Rob Mullens, who was approached by the Bucs.

"They presented to me what their plan was for Tampa Bay, and it was extremely attractive," Kelly said. "But at the end of the day ... I got into coaching because of the relationships. And the relationships I have with the current coaches on our staff and the players was the underlying reason why I came back."

Kelly also pointed out that the Buccaneers offered him a raise. What he didn't point out is that he absolutely has to say that he never took this job. If he were to say that he took the gig, it'd be an utter disaster for recruiting. His current players would wonder how close he was to leaving, and other coaches would be able to play the possibility about Kelly leaving against him. And they would.

There are ample reports of Kelly taking the job and then bailing that emerged from this whole erstwhile debacle. But neither the Bucs or Kelly have any motivation to confirm them, so it's unlikely that you'll hear any story too different from what Kelly offered on Thursday.

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Posted on: January 26, 2012 12:49 pm
Edited on: January 26, 2012 1:04 pm
 

Reaction to Greg Schiano hiring is mixed

Greg Schiano hasn't won rave reviews in Twitter reaction (US Presswire).By Josh Katzowitz

It looks like the next head coach for the Buccaneers will be a name that seemingly came out of left field. And not the good kind of left field either. That view, anyway, is the reaction from many NFL and college football observers around Twitter on Thursday morning after news broke that Greg Schiano would leave Rutgers for Tampa Bay.

Never mind that Schiano spurned the Scarlet Knights for the NFL only six days before National Signing Day, but for a coach who only had three seasons in the NFL (with the Bears as a secondary coach in the late 1990s), Schiano isn’t a big name like Oregon’s Chip Kelly who could excite a Buccaneers fan base that needs a shot of adrenaline.

Some Twitter observers lauded the move, but the majority of those commenting are questioning the wisdom of this hire.

Here’s how various reporters and analysts saw the move:
  • @SI_PeterKing: Re Schiano naysayers: Having lived in NJ from 85-09, that program was beyond rock bottom for yrs. Schiano built a nationally competitive ... program from scratch. He had so much farther to go to make it relevant that it's not fair to say, "What has he won?'' IMO.
  • @RapSheet (Boston Herald): Not as crazy as it sounds. He's a builder
  • @MikeGarafolo (Newark Star Ledger): Was looking at our paper today, thinking, "I wonder what it would take to knock #SB46 off the sports cover." I now have my answer: #Schiano
  • @GregABedard (Boston Globe): Loved Schiano the program builder, recruiter. Terrific preparation. Not a fan of game coaching. Reminded of Wannstedt, who he coached under
  • @art_stapleton (Bergen Record): So yeah, I'm guessing that Greg Schiano interview I've got scheduled to talk about RU players in Super Bowl won't be happening any time soon
  • @dennisdoddcbs: Actually, Schiano makes more sense for the Bucs. Runs almost a total NFL system. Solid.
  • @RichCimini (ESPN New York): Bucs planning to hire Rutgers' Greg Schiano. Wait a minute: They're hiring a guy who got blown out by UConn? Huh?
  • @BigE52_RU (former Rutgers player Eric Legrand): Really? Not going to lie I am a little bit shocked right now
  • @AlbertBreer (NFL.com): I also can't help but think that Jim Harbaugh's success has caused NFL types to take harder looks at college coaches.
  • @greggdoyelcbs: Greg Schiano has earned the right to leave Rutgers. Bucs have earned the right to go 3-13 in 2012. Capitalism works
  • @FauxJohnMadden: Greg Schiano to the Tampa Bay Bucs, which may or may not be a step down from Rutgers.
  • @DaveLozo (NHL.com): Schiano news makes me sad and happy all at once. I hope for him Tampa Bay never has to beat WVU to reach the postseason.
  • @adamrank: Schiano to Bucs? When you get a chance to hire a coach from a middle-of-the-road team in the worst BCS conference, you do it.

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Posted on: January 26, 2012 11:44 am
Edited on: January 27, 2012 7:59 am
 

Greg Schiano accepts Buccaneers job

Greg Schiano has accepted the Tampa Bay job (US Presswire).

By Josh Katzowitz

The hiring of Rutgers coach Greg Schiano to fill the vacant Buccaneers job moved at light speed Thursday morning, and now according to CBSSports.com’s Brett McMurphy, the deal is done and Schiano has accepted the job.

Bucs general manager Mark Dominik told the Associated Press that Schiano has agreed yo a five-year contract, and Schiano will be introduced at a press conference on Friday.

"Coach Schiano is a bright, meticulous teacher who knows how to get the most out of his players," Dominik said. "He built and ran a pro-style program at Rutgers, and he's a defensive-minded coach whose teams have always been characterized by toughness and a physical style of play."

Schiano's ability to build -- or rebuild -- a program played a part in Tampa Bay's choice, according to Bucs chairmain Joel Glazer.

"During our thorough search, we met with numerous impressive candidates, but coach Schiano surely distinguished himself," Glazer said. "From his leadership skills to his considerable track record, he is, simply put, the right man for the job."

Schiano, who was an assistant with the Bears from 1996-98, took Rutgers from a bottom-feeding program to a team that had a winning record in six of his last seven years in New Jersey.

The hiring of Schiano is a big surprise, considering his name wasn’t mentioned among the 11 other candidates who the Buccaneers supposedly chased (including Oregon’s Chip Kelly, who accepted the job before changing his mind, and Mike Sherman and Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski, who were offered second interviews).

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But according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the two sides met twice without any word leaking to the media, including Wednesday. Apparently, Bill Rees -- who’s in charge of Tampa Bay’s college scouting -- stayed in touch with Schiano throughout the hiring process.

So, it appears the Buccaneers had Schiano -- who will replace Raheem Morris after his 4-12 season -- in mind the entire time.

Schiano has long been rumored as a potential replacement for recently deceased Penn State coach Joe Paterno, but his name was never really mentioned after the Jerry Sandusky scandal resulted in Paterno being removed from his position as head coach.

The former Rutgers coach drew plenty of interest from other schools, though -- both Michigan and Miami have recently courted Schiano.

Schiano, who went 68-67 during his tenure, was the FWAA coach of the year in 2006 and led the Scarlet Knights to four straight bowl victories (before Schiano came aboard, Rutgers had made just one bowl in its 135-year history).

But if the Buccaneers wanted to hire an exciting coach to replace a fan base disillusioned by Morris’ final year, this probably isn’t the way to do it. Chip Kelly probably would have created enthusiasm and excitement. While Schiano’s schemes are probably more suited to the NFL, his buzz factor is quite a bit lower.

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Posted on: January 25, 2012 9:43 am
Edited on: January 25, 2012 10:41 am
 

Report: Sherman, Chud getting 2nd Bucs interview

By Will Brinson

Only two head-coaching vacancies remain: the Colts and the Buccaneers. Indy got a late start on their search so it's not surprising Jim Irsay's still looking. But things are getting a little weird for the Bucs, who whiffed on landing Chip Kelly from Oregon.

They're now backpeddling and are reportedly focusing in on former Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman and Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski.

The Tampa Bay Times Stephen F. Holder wrote on Wednesday that barring another mystery candidate like Kelly emerging, it looked like a "one-horse race" for the Bucs gig with Sherman the only pony on the track. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Sherman will interview for the second time with the Bucs on Wednesday.

However, Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer writes that according to the "buzz around Mobile" at the Senior Bowl, Chudzinski is also getting a second look with the Buccaneers. (Chud is in Mobile along with the Panthers coaching staff, but not talking to anyone.)

Panthers head coach Ron Rivera is, and he sounds like he'd like the Bucs to wrap up their search already.

"We've heard nothing. Hopefully, we'll hear something by the end of the week," Rivera said, per Person. "We do know, from what I hear, they've brought in somebody for a second interview. So we'll see what happens."

The Bucs waiting until Wednesday to regroup and start interviewing candidates for the second time shows pretty clearly that they were all-in on Kelly, in case that wasn't obvious by what happened on Sunday evening.

Sherman, Chud Marty Schottenheimer, Wade Phillips, Brad Childress, and Mike Zimmer were the only known candidates for the job in Tampa Bay. (Phillips withdrew his name from consideration.)

Earlier Wednesday, Sherman was the only guy with a second interview coming and appeared to be the proverbial leader in the clubhouse. But it might have been just the end of the (also proverbial) third round.

Chud's now getting a second look and Chilly, Schottey or, um, Zimmy could all end up getting a second look too.

Or another shocking name could emerge out of nowhere; given how off the radar the Glazers and Mark Dominik kept Kelly's name until the last minute, it wouldn't be that surprising.

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

Chip Kelly changes mind, turns down Bucs

Kelly

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 CBSSports.com'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 CBSSports.com'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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Posted on: January 22, 2012 8:10 pm
Edited on: January 22, 2012 9:35 pm
 

Report: Chip Kelly 'close' to landing Bucs job

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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