Report: Bucs, Kelly hope to reach deal within next 24-48 hours

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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.

41 responses to “Report: Bucs, Kelly hope to reach deal within next 24-48 hours

  1. If a reporter is reporting that the meeting took place and adds what was discussed, the meeting was not secret

  2. Have we forgotten how this guy abandoned, what was Pitt Pirates to leave for Notre Dame.
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    I made a mistake guys. It was Brian Kelly not Chip Kelly who left left Cincy for Notre Dame. If Chip can do the job then go Team Chip Kelly. My bad I got that one wrong sorry ok.

  3. Why not go for someone like mike Gundy or Greg sciano if the BUCS were looking for a college coach? At least they know what the forward pass looks like

  4. Is Chip running to the NFL to see if his offense can work in the pros or his he running from the NCAA???

  5. We may see Blount reunited with his old coach. I hope there is no hard feelings because of the sucker punch incident after the loss at Boise State. Blount may want to find a new team soon .

  6. Big time NCAA coaches go to the NFL for two reasons: 1.) they are egomaniacs who chase power and money; or 2.) their school is about to get smacked with NCAA sanctions.

    I think this is a case of the latter.

  7. Seriously, what about the promise of an “experienced ” coach? Chip Kelly has no NFL experience at all. Are we in for another on the job training fiasco?

  8. I’ve heard on other boards that the Duck’s will target Tony Dungy among others as a replacement. Dungy has been close to the Duck’s program and his son plays for the team.

  9. @ronswanson…..

    Pete Carroll is 47-49 as HC in NFL. Made playoffs twice, last time with a losing record. Not really a ringing endorsement for college coach going pro.

  10. i view this as a ballsy hire. boom or bust, like the harbaugh hire last year. as a bucs rival i dig it. it isn’t some premature joker or an AARP member. intriguing is a good thing, and an explosive offense is scary. welcome to the nfc south!!!

  11. If Chip can do the job then go Team Chip Kelly. My bad I got that one wrong sorry ok.
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    it’s cool, but it will be a different scheme then we have seen.

  12. College coaches who move to the NFL are a mixed bag. Some have been successful, while many have not… I think the primary reason for lack of success is not knowing who they’re dealing with. College players are a bunch of doe eyed kids, they’re like puppies that want nothing more than to please their master and in order to have even the slightest chance of making it to the NFL have to prove their worth. NFL players have made it (at least they think they have) and IMHO are vastly a bunch of prima donas who think the fans and the NFL owe them. Dealing with or managing the latter is not something most college coaches can just jump into. This is why the best NFL coaches are built from within.

    If Kelly is hired, I as a Bucs fan am truly hopeful he can make the transition and is successful. I have my doubts, but Kelly can’t possibly be any worse than the other geriatric and has-been NFL coaches which have been interviewed.

  13. I agree with the guy earlier… I just don’t get this franchise. As a life long fan I wanted to see discipline and defense brought back to the bay area in a division with offensive powerhouses.

    I just do not agree with this move.

  14. If this is true, Bucs front office will look like geniuses …………..or idiots. Maybe no established NFL coaches want to work for this team right now.

  15. Think it will make all Pac 12 coaches happy. Harbaugh’s success resulted from being an NFL quarterback, having a Brother coaching an NFL team, the style of play in the Pac 12. That style seems to translate to the NFL better than most, but it will be a difficult transition for Kelly.

  16. He’s probably trying to escape NCAA sanctions. This is a bad move by the bucs, his spread offense wont work in the NFL. Should’ve hired Marty, Billick, or even Del Rio.

  17. 24-48 hours before being investigated for NCAA violations. He may be bolting just before Oregon is hit with sanctions.

    Way to go Bucs…from Schottenheimer, to Chip Kelly

    This is an upgrade from “Youngry”?

  18. bucforever says:
    Jan 22, 2012 9:40 PM
    We may see Blount reunited with his old coach. I hope there is no hard feelings because of the sucker punch incident after the loss at Boise State. Blount may want to find a new team soon .

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    He was probably on the way out, regardless, he was garbage when he came back from injury.

    Marty Schottenheimer mightve been perfect, a guy who has coached underdogs before, knows defense, and knows how to put together a decent staff – this thing may really blow up in the Bucs faces. They may need to pump the brakes a little.

  19. herbertjablonski says:
    Jan 22, 2012 11:10 PM
    does that mean we’ll start seeing those wacky play-calling cardboards?
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    Screw that, break out the metallic silver-surfer Buc helmets!!! Those things were outrageous!!!

  20. Not going to happen! It is all over the Tampa newspapers and on the Sports Talk Radio shows that Kelly balked last night and is staying put!

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