Report: Chip Kelly decides to stay at Oregon

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During last night’s epic NFC title game, reports popped up out of nowhere that a coach from a college program that played for the NCAA title just last year could be making the jump to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

And as quickly as it all arose, it has now disappeared.

Adam Jude of the Eugene Register-Guard reports that Kelly-to-Tampa was a done deal, and then Kelly had a change of heart late last night.  (Lots of people will be taking credit for this one, but Jude had the story posted nearly four hours ago.)

Kelly likely isn’t pleased with the reports of a possible departure, given the impact it will have both in the short-term and the long-term on recruiting.  His rivals now will be able to argue that Kelly has his eyes on the NFL, and that it’s just a matter of time before he goes.

But he’s not going yet, which means that the Buccaneers will at a minimum have to move on to Plan B.

26 responses to “Report: Chip Kelly decides to stay at Oregon

  1. Hue Jackson could be their guy — he’ll be cheap and you can just let him think he is in charge and his head will swell again and blur his thinking and then maybe he’ll trade for Carson Palmer again and give us back our two draft picks

  2. Bucs thought they were talking to Chip Kelly or Kelly Kelly for the position. Honest mistake.
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    I mean Brian Kelly. See how easy it is to get confused? And I don’t even work for the Bucs.

  3. Bill parcels spurned bucs in 96. Bucs hired dungy!! Bill parcels spurned bucs in 2002, hired gruden!! All worked out pretty well for that 10 year span with 4 division titles, 7 playoff appearances and a championship. I say go after mike Hindu. He has a great offensive mind and he’s a “man”

  4. Good. Bucs do yourself a favor; hire either Wade Phillips or Marty Schottenheimer. You wont be sorry. – both can get your defense steady or even better than it is, and they are functional enough – i think Schottenheimer could do wonders for you even at a late age – he tends to reach players regardless of the age difference.

    I think Vic Fangio of the Niners MAY get a little play (hell, if Dennis Allen did, i know Vic has to be up for something).

  5. Not happy about reports of him leaving for the NFL… It takes two to negotiate… Bummed to see him stay at Oregon though the Bucs running a spread offense would have been fun to watch.

  6. I figured he was gone. Would’ve traded Freeman for picks and had that Johnson kid running his spread offense.

  7. So many of these college coaches have this “change of heart” after appearing to secure NFL jobs. Many of these guys are just hoping to increase their profiles and existing deal at their schools. College football has somewhat of a sick element to it and that starts with these coaches. The Bucs would be better off hiring someone with NFL experience at the coordinator level than a clueless college coach.

  8. Joe flacco thinks that everyone on the planet gets more attention than him, he has now put his own name in the running for head coach of tampa because he thinks Peyton manning may accept being head coach of indy.

  9. eeeeeeetme says:
    Jan 23, 2012 7:23 AM
    I don’t blame him…I’d rather take a job as a sewage worker than anything to do with the Yucs
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    At least you know your limitations.

  10. shian11 says:
    Jan 23, 2012 7:51 AM
    Bill parcels spurned bucs in 96. Bucs hired dungy!! Bill parcels spurned bucs in 2002, hired gruden!! All worked out pretty well for that 10 year span with 4 division titles, 7 playoff appearances and a championship. I say go after mike Hindu. He has a great offensive mind and he’s a “man”
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    I will assume you were a victim of auto-correct there with your Mike Hindu reference.

  11. Been a Bucs fan since I first saw a commercial featuring Hardy Nickerson eating a bowl of nails for breakfast.

    Glad Kelly didn’t take/get the job.
    Really hope Brad Childress is out of the running.

    The Glazers have their heads up Manchester United’s asses and the Bucs have been put on the backburner for years. If you ask me I think the team needs new ownership that will commit to building a long lasting, winning product.

    One former coach that I would be excited about, would be the hiring of Herman Edwards. I’d love for him to be at the helm of the Bucs.

    As for Chip Kelly, he reminds me of “Andy” from “According to Jim”.

  12. Brad Childress leaked the story that Chip Kelly was the frontrunner… Eliminate the competition so he’s the only one left willing to take the job.

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