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.

30 responses to “Bucs confirm Chip Kelly has backed out

  1. 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. “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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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!!

  7. 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!!

  8. “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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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….

  11. 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.

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