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Bucs confirm Chip Kelly has backed out

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Amid swirling and conflicting reports regarding whether Oregon coach Chip Kelly will be trading his Ducks for some Bucs (and presumably a lot of bucks . . . or as Stan Kroenke would say, “jack”), the NFL team that wanted Kelly to take the reins has acknowledged that Kelly won’t be coming to town.

“His heart is with college football and Oregon and he’s no longer being considered,” Bucs G.M. Mark Dominik told Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times.

The reason for the change of heart isn’t known.  And it’s also uncertain whether Kelly would have followed through on the deal if word of it hadn’t slipped out before he was signed, sealed, and delivered.

For Kelly, the immediate challenge becomes to convince his current recruits of that which the late Joe Paterno said about his future plans, even in the final seasons of his tenure at Penn State:  “I’m staying for at least four more years.”

The Bucs now must move on to other options, none of which presumably are currently coaching at the college level.  Then again, who knows?  Word of flirtations with a college coach often never emerges at all — the fact that the Bucs considered Kelly suggests that there may be other college coaches secretly in the hopper.

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30 Responses to “Bucs confirm Chip Kelly has backed out”
  1. iluvwikileaks says: Jan 23, 2012 9:23 AM

    I live in Tampa, now (but, I’m from Pittsburgh and will aways be a Steelers fan). Nobody wants to come to this garbage hole and coach this nowhere team. I wouldn’t be here among the rednecks if it wasn’t for my career.

  2. raylewis52 says: Jan 23, 2012 9:25 AM

    How awkward its going to feel like next time Chip shows up for work ?

  3. tombradyspoop says: Jan 23, 2012 9:28 AM

    That’s ok! Mike Zimmer is a better fit anyway.

  4. johnabis says: Jan 23, 2012 9:34 AM

    He is waiting for the Eagles job to open up next year..

  5. mattolikesthevikes says: Jan 23, 2012 9:34 AM

    I already feel bad for the new coach. ” you weren’t our first choice but you said yes so I guess you will do”

  6. hystoracle says: Jan 23, 2012 9:35 AM

    “His heart is with college football ” .. i.e. Oregon just promised him a boat load of money. Expect to see a press release with in a day or two reporting an extension and a significant raise for Mr. Kelly from Oregon.

  7. donttazemebro says: Jan 23, 2012 9:38 AM

    I don’t get the interest in the first place.He doesn’t run a pro style offense and unless the Bucs were offering an outrageous amount of money Kelly is the king of Eugene,with Nike supplying that program with a new uniform for each game and the talent coming in there’s no reason to leave such a great job.

  8. mthoover says: Jan 23, 2012 9:38 AM

    Who would want to leave Oregon? It’s one thing if you’re going to become the coach of the Steelers or Patriots or something like that, but the Bucs? Good for you for staying at Oregon, Chip Kelly.

  9. lolb23 says: Jan 23, 2012 9:38 AM

    If they could only say the same about Sandusky

  10. mightyleemoon says: Jan 23, 2012 9:39 AM

    Missed a golden pun of a headline…

    Bucs confirm Chip Kelly has ducked out

  11. jenniferxxx says: Jan 23, 2012 9:44 AM

    Maybe it’s just me, but with all the incredible money being thrown at college coaches it sure seems hypocritical that a player gets suspended … and his reputation trashed … if he sells a jersey or gets a hamburger from an alumni.

    Chip is going to make millions … MILLIONS … off these kids. And most of them get nothing but a few years of football and a worthless degree.

  12. klownboy says: Jan 23, 2012 9:49 AM

    Maybe because Kelly realized how bad the Bucs are. They have good young talent, but boy do they suck!

  13. tcostant says: Jan 23, 2012 9:50 AM

    Hire Marty!

  14. greatminnesotasportsmind says: Jan 23, 2012 9:52 AM

    Why leave Oregon, they, eeeer I mean Nike and boosters will give you everything you want… and then some

  15. mike913 says: Jan 23, 2012 10:00 AM

    hes staying cuz he realized he has more talent at oregon than the bucs will ever have

  16. neemdaddy13 says: Jan 23, 2012 10:01 AM

    iluvwikileaks says:
    Jan 23, 2012 9:23 AM
    I live in Tampa, now (but, I’m from Pittsburgh and will aways be a Steelers fan). Nobody wants to come to this garbage hole and coach this nowhere team. I wouldn’t be here among the rednecks if it wasn’t for my career.

    ==================================

    Stay classy Pittsburgh!!

  17. muskyhunter2542 says: Jan 23, 2012 10:02 AM

    Hire Mike Sherman and call it a day!!!

    Hes the best out there and will help your young QB.
    Very good coach, horrible GM.
    As long as Brett Favre is not on the team to call ALL the shots, they should be OK!!

  18. jcrileyesq says: Jan 23, 2012 10:05 AM

    nike university oh I mean Oregon is one of the best gigs in the country

  19. jimmysee says: Jan 23, 2012 10:05 AM

    “Backing out” when he never was in is not accurate.

    An example of journalists trying to spin it to save face.

    It’s not a “done deal” until it’s done.

  20. nyyjetsknicks says: Jan 23, 2012 10:07 AM

    Nike pays more than the bucs do.

  21. maddenisfordorks says: Jan 23, 2012 10:07 AM

    Del Rio!!!!

  22. huskersrock1 says: Jan 23, 2012 10:09 AM

    Tampa dodged a big bullet on this one. Go out and get Schottenheimer.

  23. justafanofitall says: Jan 23, 2012 10:15 AM

    It is amazing how these front offices have so many leaks of information from unnamed sources. It is fun to read the information as it happens, but I for one wouldn’t want the media to know til I secure what I want. Bad business for Bucs and other teams when information gets leaked out. Sounds like Kelly didn’t want to screw the pooch in Oregon and have to deal with it til the contract was signed.

  24. purpleman527 says: Jan 23, 2012 10:37 AM

    Brad Childress
    BRad CHildress
    BRAd CHIldress
    …………………….. CHILLY !!!!!!

  25. goddamnthatsfunny says: Jan 23, 2012 10:41 AM

    I wonder if he could have transitioned into the NFL with his style.

  26. jayslang says: Jan 23, 2012 10:52 AM

    Thank god…that would have ended in disaster…

  27. gavriloprincip33 says: Jan 23, 2012 11:46 AM

    jenniferxxx says:Jan 23, 2012 9:44 AM

    Maybe it’s just me, but with all the incredible money being thrown at college coaches it sure seems hypocritical that a player gets suspended … and his reputation trashed … if he sells a jersey or gets a hamburger from an alumni.

    Chip is going to make millions … MILLIONS … off these kids. And most of them get nothing but a few years of football and a worthless degree.

    ——————————–

    You looking for fair in this life?

    Good luck with that and let me know how it works out for you….

  28. phaktor333 says: Jan 23, 2012 11:46 AM

    Just hire Marty…he will whip that young roster into shape, get veterans that buy in and in two or three years you will be 13-3. Then one and done in the playoffs.

  29. birdsflynorth206 says: Jan 23, 2012 11:48 AM

    I wonder what Phil Knight has to say about this.

  30. bunjy96 says: Jan 23, 2012 12:40 PM

    Marty was the answer from the beginning and has good fan support.

    What are the owners waiting for?

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