Chip Kelly Reportedly Finalizing Deal to Become Tampa Bay’s Head Coach

Oregon football coach Chip Kelly reportedly is negotiating to become the new head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

KGW-TV in Portland first reported that Kelly was close to signing a deal to become Tampa Bay’s coach. The Tampa Bay Times confirmed the report, and said Kelly met with the team’s owners and GM last week. He reportedly was one of eight candidates to interview for the position. ESPN’s Adam Schefter confirmed that negotiations are ongoing.

You might be wondering why Kelly would be leaving Oregon a week before National Signing Day and coming off a Rose Bowl win. We have a few ideas.

We’re guessing Kelly is taking a page out of the Pete Carroll playbook and bolting before the NCAA comes down on the program. Oregon was under scrutiny for its relationship with street agent Willie Lyles, whom they paid $25,000 ostensibly to land recruiting prospect Lache Seastrunk, who later transferred to Baylor.

Upcoming NCAA sanctions could be part of the reason quarterback Darron Thomas surprisingly announced his decision to turn pro.

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  • Gene

    I agree with your comments.  I wonder why Tampa Bay would want a head coach who took the spread to new levels but has not coached a traditional NFL type offense.   Are the Bucs planning on trading for Tim Tebow?

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    He’s going to turn backup Josh Johnson into his spread quarterback and run the blur!