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.