Late last night, reports started to surface that Oregon Ducks head coach Chip Kelly would be leaving the college game to pursue a NFL coaching career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Kelly was finalizing his deal with the Buccaneers before having a change of heart.
“I don’t know what to say… he changed his mind,” a source told CBS Sports via text message.
The university is under NCAA investigation, due to some recruiting violations, so perhaps that initially enticed Kelly to make the jump to the pros. He is reportedly in the middle of the investigations for paying a scout that is also in question.
Kelly now returns to Oregon, where he is fresh off the heels of the team’s first Rose Bowl victory in 95 years. Can he keep up the momentum? Kelly becomes just the latest head coaching candidate to say no to the Buccaneers, now who do they have left to pursue?