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.