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January 23, 2012 @ 5:30 am
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BREAKING: Kelly To Stay At Oregon, Is No Longer A Candidate

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PewterReport.com can confirm that Oregon's Chip Kelly will remain with the Ducks and will not take Tampa Bay's head coaching job. The Bucs were highly interested in Kelly's services, but he is no longer a candidate after discussions with Tampa Bay broke down early Monday morning.

Despite some media outlets and fan sites reporting that Oregon head coach Chip Kelly had agreed to terms and accepted Tampa Bay's offer to become its next head coach, PewterReport.com can confirm that Kelly will remain at Oregon. He is no longer a candidate for the Bucs' head-coaching vacancy and Tampa Bay is no longer interested in Kelly.

In the end, Kelly's heart was still with the Ducks program, and whether he decided to walk away just before or even after agreeing to leave Oregon and join the Buccaneers is unknown at this time. Kelly may have had a change of heart, or perhaps the Bucs sensed that Kelly was having difficulty fully committing to making the leap to the NFL and didn't want to make a mistake by hiring someone who's heart was not fully committed to the Buccaneers.

Despite the recent success of Jim Harbaugh, who took the San Francisco 49ers to the NFC Championship Game in his rookie season in the NFL after coaching at Stanford, there is a long list of successful, big-name college coaches that have not found success in the NFL, including the likes of Bobby Petrino, Nick Saban, Steve Spurrier, Dennis Erickson and Mike Reilly, among others. The jury is still out on Pete Carroll, who left USC two years ago to become Seattle's head coach.

Tampa Bay, led by general manager Mark Dominik and the Glazers, will continue searching for Raheem Morris' replacement. Morris was fired January 2 after finishing 4-12 during a disappointing 2011 season that saw the team lose its final 10 games.

PewterReport.com will have more on the search for Tampa Bay's next head coach and the team's activity in scouting players in Mobile, Ala. at the Senior Bowl.

Last modified on Monday, 23 January 2012 06:08
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    I should have known BF47 would emerge from his crypt to comment on this seeming slight on the Buccaneer organization. Can't Kelly have just changed his mind?
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    scubog, I'm right with you.
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    But why go after him at all? I could see an SEC coach or a coach that has proven he can run an NFL offense at the college level, but Oregon runs a spread option. You have no tape to judge him at all on whether or not he could be successful in the NFL. The risk was huge with this guy. And no security for Tampa. If he decided to leave after one year he could land a job with any major college program with a job opening and make more money than he would had he come here.
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    PR, I see nothing that you did wrong what so ever; geez you're damm if you do, and damm if you don't. You did your job, thank you.
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    Hire Marty And get this thing goin DAMN.. Enough with the F#C*I^G Circus....
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    Maybe he said YES and then when they offered the bottom line in money he said NO THANK YOU?????? Money is usually the determining factor in big time deals. Just an idea.
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    This is a win win for Buc fans. Dom and owners go after a good HC (at least in college) and are turned down. Not sure Kelly and his offense would transition to NFL (or how it would effect Freeeman) but at least their thinking out of the box and I am sure Kelly would not have been cheap, comparetively speaking. This turn down will have zero effect on other candidates. Marty S. (who has been out of the league for how long?) would take the job today. Sherman, Childress please... They will not sign with another team because no one (other than the Bucs) are even talking about them. Zimmer, Chud or another coordinater (Gilbride?) will take the job (if offered) for the chance to be a head coach, I seriously doubt they would care if Chip Kelly turned the Bucs down.
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    ownership is just as wishywashy as raheem was lets hire a coach that gets along with his players so they can take advantage of him bull hire marty and put this team back on the map
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    thank you, this would have been three more years of misery and starting over then, just hire marty you freakn idiots
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    That's too bad. Kelly is a good coach. The great coaches adapt their schemes to fit the personnel they have until they can find the guys they want. I'm not saying for sure that's what Kelly would have done, but it was a possibility. I agree with the other posters that said this will turn off the 2nd and 3rd option coachs. However, the move does give me a lot of hope because it shows the Bucs brass are going after the best coaches they can find, not just the best ones who are available. They're trying to pry good coaches loose who aren't even available. I like that. I hope they throw us another curve ball and try to hire the HC of Rutgers.
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    I heard about Chip Kelly i wasn't that excited about it .So the fact that it didn't happen i'm not that upset.I was happy to see the bucs made a choice but this one came from left field .If someone said we hired him as a oc i would think that was cool and the the bucs were thinking of a future head coach.I still think you bring in Billick and hire him or marty. Get your staff together and lets get this show on the road already.This is why wade pulled out not that i wanted him anyways.lets go sh** and get off the pot.Why are these guys showing up for this job then walking away .Whats going on here?You said you are willing to do whatever to get this team winning again.Well do something and please after this long something that was worth waiting for.As far as Chip Kelly turning us down .Who cares?I remember years back Steve Spurrier turned us down and that worked out just fine.
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    Meet you at the water cooler mjohnson
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    So, now our next choice will have the added psychological disadvantage of know he was Plan B. We're rapidly become the WORST team in many more ways than simply on-field performance. Honestly, I believe it is quite possible that Plan B might also turn them down at this point. How'd you like to be Marty Schottenheimer and know you were the 2nd choice behind Chip Kelly? I'm walking my resume over this afternoon.....
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    Had mixed feelings when the news first broke last night. After sleeping on it I think its probably best that Chip did not come here. The transition would have been very daunting unless he stacked the deck with top flight, experienced coordinators which we all know would likely not have happened. Once again proves that the GLosers and Dom do not have a handle on where the franchise is going. This part is the most disturbing to me.
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    ...and another thought, what does this say about the Glazers and Dominiks ability to gauge the interests and desires of the coaching candidates?
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    Great, once again the Bucs get spurned by a potential head coach. I viewed this coaching search as an opportunity for the Glazer boys and Dominik to right the ship. Now it's on to plan B. Who knows, maybe plan B will work out for the best. It worked out with the Dungy hire. Now the Glazers and Dominik have the unenviable task of convincing the fans that whoever they hire was their guy all along.
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    Bucs have shown their hand. THey want an assistant or College coach. Watch how fast Sherman and Schottenheimer sign with other teams. Bucs must have known by the 10th game that they were going to hire a new coach. Why are they dragging their feet ? They are looking for a fire sale.
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    Why am I not surprised? This is not the first time we've been jilted by our top HC choice, even in recent memory - only this time, we didn't have an almost-Super Bowl-ready team like last time, and Kelly apparently said yes before saying no. I *KNEW* it was going to be like this when Raheem got fired; I warned people about it and yet here we are. Be careful what you ask for in the future, guys (and by that, I mean the fans who turned on Raheem WAY too quickly).
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    Good reporting after the fact. Who else have the Bucs talked to that we don't know about? No one ever reported that Chip was even interviewed.
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    What is wrong with Marty S.He wants to come here and he will be CHEAP! I guess he will not be pushed around by Dominik.
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    To me this is exactly why the Buccaneers have been one of the worst franchises over the last few years. Why in the world would you go after a HC that runs a gimmick offense and expect him to transition to the NFL where that style of offense clearly does not work? I'm amazed they were interested in him. I can't even put into words how baffled I am right about now? It's like they continue wanting to reach for straws. Yes maybe C.K. would have made the transition to the big LG OK, but at this stage in Tampa's career do you take that risk? NO WAY IMO! This is crazy. No idea why they feel Marty S. is such a bad hire.
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    Just another insult to this team, nobody wants to work for owners that are not dedicated to winning!
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    No love lost, but what is the Bucs plan B? What does the almost hiring do to other potential candidates?
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    Hey mattym3, it essentially says it's a done deal on the Sp. Times web site right now. Give these guys a break. GREAT REPORTING. Man, am i relieved. Hey, Scott, Awesome scoop. Well done.
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    even my cab this morning was saying it was a done deal. There was nothing wrong with that sentence at all. Keep up the good reporting. Who is the top candidate now? Bring in Billick!
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    There was nothing wrong with PR comment to open this article. If you check the Tampa Bay Times, TBO.com, ESPN.com, SI.com, Foxsports.com, they all report Kelly coming to Tampa Bay. So PR is correct in writing "despite what other media outlets are saying...lkk
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    FootballScoop.com, SportsByBrooks.com and the Register-Guard newspaper all reported it was a done deal originally last night. Here's a link to the Register-Guard. http://www.registerguard.com/web/sports/27502806-57/kelly-deal-bay-oregon-tampa.html.csp The other two websites have taken down or altered their reports to reflect the fact Chip Kelly is not coming. I wasn't making a crack at the media or fan sites that reported it. Just acknowledging that some outlets DID INDEED report that they believed it was a done deal – in order to clear up any confusion about possible conflicting reports. People will wake up this morning believing Kelly will be the next head coach of the Bucs because they might have read elsewhere that he was hired and it was a done deal. That's obviously not the case and we are just trying to be factual.
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    Hey, Scott! Great Reporting! I'm glad Pewter Report was the first website I found out about the news and the first website to find out he was not coming. Will you and Mark Cook be writing an article as to what broke down and why he is not coming to Tampa Bay? Any insider information as to who the "next man up" is/will be? - Thanks and awesome job covering this story!
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    OK, got it. I see your reasoning now, because you guys indeed do take a lot of pot-shots at other media outlets & that looks like one right there. And you even acknowledge in your article here that he may have backed out after agreeing, which would have put those other outlets in the right for reporting a deal was done. Hope we didn't get screwed over the way the Magic did with Donovan, but at least there was no signed contract as far as anyone can tell.
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    I was up half the night reading media and fan sites. Not once did I see anyone reputable confirm that this deal was done, yet you make that bold claim in the first sentence, basically to crack on other media outlets. Please provide a link to someone reputable that reported it was a done deal.
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    I know everyone keeps calling for a Billick interview; but the truth is he probably laughed at them when they attempted the pursuit. Billick has no interest in a job where their is NO Commitment to putting the best players in Pewter and Red! C'mon give Billick more respect than that!
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