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Chip Kelly jumps from Oregon to the NFL and back

Posted on: January 23, 2012 2:59 am
Edited on: January 23, 2012 1:52 pm

Posted by Bryan Fischer

UPDATE: Oregon released an official statement from Chip Kelly on Monday, confirming both Kelly's contact with the Tampa Bay Buccanneers and his plans to remain as the Ducks' head coach.

“I am flattered by the interest of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ organization," Kelly explained.  "I enjoyed meeting with the Glazer family and General Manager Mark Dominik but after numerous discussions, I concluded that I have some unfinished business to complete at the University of Oregon.”

“The Tampa Bay Buccaneers asked for permission to engage in conversation with Coach Kelly, which was granted,” Oregon Athletics Director Rob Mullens said. “The University of Oregon is one of the nation's preeminent college football programs and, as such, it comes as no surprise the NFL is interested in our personnel. We are pleased with Coach Kelly’s decision to remain as our head coach. Coach Kelly has provided great leadership and remains committed to building on our position among the elite college football programs in the country.”

Two sources with direct knowledge of the talks told that Oregon head coach Chip Kelly had agreed in principle to take the same position with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and was in the process of finalizing details of a multi-year contract but has changed is mind and will stay at Oregon. The Register-Guard first reported the news of Kelly's departure and that he would be staying in Eugene Sunday night.

"I don't know what to say... he changed his mind," one source said via text message.

News of the possible departure first surfaced during the middle of Sunday's NFC Championship Game with a report from Portland TV station KGW sports reporter Michael Berk. Tampa Bay fired head coach Raheem Morris in January after 10 straight losses to cap a 17-31 mark over three seasons.

Kelly, 48, is coming off the most successful three-year stretch in Oregon history, capped off with the program's first Rose Bowl victory in 95 years at the beginning of this year. The Ducks are 34-6 in three seasons with Kelly as head coach, including three straight BCS bowls and an appearance in the national championship game in 2011. He came to Eugene as offensive coordinator in 2007 after spending eight seasons at New Hampshire and promptly set a host of school and conference records on the offensive side of the ball.

Numerous questions surround the timing of the move to Tampa Bay, beginning with Oregon's still-open NCAA investigation into recruiting violations surrounding supposed scout Willie Lyles. Kelly is believed to be at the center of the probe regarding, among other things, a $25,000 payment to Lyles for scouting services and any improprieties surrounding former Ducks running back Lache Seastrunk. The school has retained attorney Michael Glazier, a partner in the firm Bond, Schoeneck & King with the nickname 'The Cleaner' for his expertise in dealing with NCAA cases. Oregon received a notice of inquiry in September.

There is also the issue as to whether Kelly's fast-paced spread option offense can translate to the NFL. The Ducks have finished in the top 12 in the country in scoring offense since he took over the reigns and he's terrorized Pac-12 defensive coordinators with an explosive run game and quick passing game. Kelly has zero NFL experience but has not exactly been shy about jumping up a level, telling multiple people that he's wanted to coach in the league at some point in his career. According to The Oregonian he was making around $2.8 million per year under a recently re-worked contract with a buyout in the neighborhood of $3.5 million.

Multiple reports said Kelly was pulled off the road and did not make scheduled in-home visits on Sunday as his contract was being negotiated with the Bucs.


Since: Dec 29, 2011
Posted on: January 23, 2012 9:18 pm

Chip Kelly jumps from Oregon to the NFL and back

Smart move!

Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: January 23, 2012 8:50 pm

Chip Kelly jumps from Oregon to the NFL and back

Southern Cal folks need to remember who thier coach is, Lane Kiffin, he is a born loser.  You folks will be calling for his head shortly because you will have all that talent and still have 2 to 3 losses.

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: January 23, 2012 6:33 pm

Chip Kelly jumps from Oregon to the NFL and back

Amen, TOOmany....

Since: Feb 23, 2010
Posted on: January 23, 2012 5:21 pm

Chip Kelly jumps from Oregon to the NFL and back

Kelly knows Wash St will be a force in a couple of years.  USC can't be beat next year, and the Ducks are losing recruits.

Since: Sep 22, 2011
Posted on: January 23, 2012 3:24 pm

Chip Kelly jumps from Oregon to the NFL and back

"College Football sucks."

Really?  Yet college football regularly feeds athletes to that NFL that you love so much.  Outside of a playoff system the NFL is worse in every respect than FBS college football.  I haven't watched the NFL for years partially because I got tired of which athlete from which team was getting arrested for violence, drugs, gun charges, etc.  Not saying this doesn't happen at the college level but it is more prevalent in the NFL. This season I at least watched a few games and my perception of the NFL hasn't changed.  I watched more poor sportsmanship and punk attitude on the field than anything else since they don't put up with that kind of crap at the college level.  Not saying that there aren't some quality folks with integrity in the NFL, but the number of people that I saw this season who got into shoving matches, pushing and shoving the opposing team members off or away from them after the play was dead, stomping players while they were on the ground (ie Suh), and other such issues tell me these guys need to have someone knock some humility into their over-inflated egos and the sad part is that we pay these clowns millions of dollars to act like morons.  You can keep the NFL and it's poor sportsmanship and over-inflated egos. 

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: January 23, 2012 1:34 pm

Chip Kelly jumps from Oregon to the NFL and back

What Reggie did is going to look like, baby sh*t compared to what Oregon gets hung with.  The 50 different uniforms should make you feel better though!  What a joke!
Count your trophies and get to me.  Shouldnt take long!


Since: Jan 11, 2008
Posted on: January 23, 2012 12:58 pm

Chip Kelly jumps from Oregon to the NFL and back

what a complete and stupid moron!! The cheaters from the south just need to SHUT THE F$%K UP!!!

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: January 23, 2012 11:41 am

Chip Kelly jumps from Oregon to the NFL and back

The RETURN OF THE DYNASTY AT USC has scared Kelly off!  He got a taste of what is going to happen on a regular basis last season.
That and the NCAA is closing in.  Oregon got good awful fast for a reason!

Oregon, fade in to well deserved obscurity where you have spent most of your time.


Since: May 27, 2008
Posted on: January 23, 2012 11:07 am
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Since: Jun 24, 2010
Posted on: January 23, 2012 10:06 am

Chip Kelly jumps from Oregon to the NFL and back

nearandwest, this isn't half as bad as CBS Sports running a story that Joe Paterno was dead Saturday night without actually checking with the Paterno family. Journalism is dead as disco......

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