The report from KGW has sparked a chase for confirmation of the notion that Oregon coach Chip Kelly is close to coming to terms with the Buccaneers.
Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times gets the prize.
Per Stroud, a “secret meeting” between Kelly and the Bucs has the two sides hopeful that a deal can be worked out within 24-48 hours.
College coaches can’t flirt with jobs like this, especially since the pursuit almost always occurs during recruiting season. If Kelly isn’t leaving Oregon, he needs to do some immediate damage control in order to hold together his class of incoming freshmen.