Chip Kelly Turns Down Bucs, GM Says

Oregon coach Chip Kelly has decided not to take an offer from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to fill their head-coaching vacancy, Tampa Bay’s general manager said.

“His heart is with college football and Oregon and he’s no longer being considered,” Mark Dominik said Monday, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Kelly and the Bucs had been deep in the process of finishing a deal Sunday night.

Kelly, who interviewed with the Buccaneers last week, had been intrigued by the challenge of coaching at the highest level and not having to deal with parents and the NCAA oversights that are inherent to coaching in college, a source told ESPN’s Joe Schad.

While former USC coach Pete Carroll left the Trojans to coach the Seattle Seahawks in January 2010 shortly before an NCAA report for sanctions under Carroll’s watch, the source told Schad that Kelly and Oregon were not anticipating heavy sanctions from the NCAA’s inquiry into the school’s relationship with alleged street agent Willie Lyles.

Source: ESPN.com

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