Monday, January 23, 2012

Has Chip Kelly changed his mind about leaving Oregon for Tampa Bay Bucs?

Well, which is it?
The internet ran amok last night with the report that Oregon head football coach Chip Kelly was in negotiations with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to become the NFL team's new head coach. Now reports are circulating out of Oregon that Kelly has changed his mind and is staying with the Ducks.

"University of Oregon football coach Chip Kelly told a highly placed UO source late Sunday night that he has reversed course and decided to turn down an offer from the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The source told The Register-Guard earlier Sunday night that Kelly had reached an agreement to become Tampa Bay’s head coach. “It’s done,” the source said.

Just before midnight, Kelly changed his mind, telling the source: “I’m staying.”

Kelly told one assistant coach Sunday night that he had been offered the Tampa Bay job, but Kelly told him he wasn’t certain what he would do.

An athletic department spokesman said earlier Sunday that Kelly’s status at the UO had not changed."

What caused Kelly to change his mind about leaving aren't known. Though one could speculate that Oregon's number one sugar daddy, Nike chairman of the board Phil Knight, may have had a little talk with Kelly overnight to convince him that his home was in Eugene.

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