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Chip Kelly: ‘I have… unfinished business to complete’ at Oregon

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For Oregon fans, Chip Kelly‘s near exit to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was way, way too close for comfort. While they can now sleep easy in knowing they have their offensive guru for at least another season, the anxiety that comes with having a hot commodity coach will surely reappear at some point in the near future.

For now, Kelly remains the head coach of the Ducks. Today, he issued a statement  about his decision to stay.

“I am flattered by the interest of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ organization,” Kelly said. “I enjoyed meeting with the Glazer family and General Manager Mark Dominik but after numerous discussions, I concluded  that I have some unfinished business to complete at the University of Oregon.”

The Ducks are coming off a Rose Bowl victory over Wisconsin, their best by far in Kelly’s three seasons as UO’s head coach. Oregon has played for another Rose Bowl championship and a BCS championship, losing both to Ohio State and Auburn, respectively.

Still, those who follow the program closely understand Kelly has brought Oregon success and exposure never before seen in Eugene. Of course, rocking facilities don’t hurt, either. But Kelly has the resume to merit the attention of others.

Oregon understands that too.

“The Tampa Bay Buccaneers asked for permission to engage in conversation with Coach Kelly, which was granted,” Oregon Athletics Director Rob Mullens said. “The University of Oregon is one of the nation’s preeminent college football programs and, as such, it comes as no surprise the NFL is interested in our personnel.  We are pleased with Coach Kelly’s decision to remain as our head coach.  Coach Kelly has provided great leadership and remains committed to building on our position among the elite college football programs in the country.”

Who knows how long Kelly will stick around Oregon — perhaps a while — but fans should now have more appreciation for the success they’re having.

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15 Responses to “Chip Kelly: ‘I have… unfinished business to complete’ at Oregon”
  1. benihanagt says: Jan 23, 2012 2:14 PM

    Why would it take recent numerous discussions to conclude he has unfinished business? Only thing he hasn’t accomplished is a National Championship. Doesn’t take talking with the Bucs and recent discussions to conclude that.

  2. webfootdoug58 says: Jan 23, 2012 2:32 PM

    Kelly’s “explanation” about changing his mind over some “business to accomplish” doesn’t change what I just wrote on Ben’s previous Chip Kelly post-

    “Kelly is like your quirky, sexy, girlfriend–
    A heck of a lot of fun but expensive tastes and no commitment–
    We put up with a little flirting, but now we’ve caught her kissing another guy. Honeymoon over.

    So let’s enjoy Chip’s football brilliance as long as we have him, knowing when the whim strikes him, he might jump ship at a moment’s notice.

    He demonstrated his “loyalty” to Oregon when he refused to speak to the crowd when the Rose Bowl-winning football team was introduced at the Duck basketball game Saturday.
    Who knows what’s next with him?”

  3. deadeye says: Jan 23, 2012 2:45 PM

    “I have… unfinished business to complete”
    Bravo! Chip Kelly is the anti-Pete Carroll, meaning his unfinished business is to stick around until after the NCAA sanctions have been enforced.

  4. pdcooper08 says: Jan 23, 2012 3:22 PM

    We will see. Coach may know just a little more then the average person. Perhaps sanctions might be delayed another year or two.

    As we all know, Pete Carroll flirted every year with leaving, only to decline. Ever time he claimed he was attempting to get raises for his assistance, but it was clear, once he knew the sanctions where coming, he was gone.

    It’s only a matter of time. Coach Kelly, more then likely will exit in similar fashion.

  5. thekatman says: Jan 23, 2012 3:51 PM

    Kelly’s “unfinished business” is trying to figure out how to get out of his contract with Phil Knight, uh, er… Oregon with a $3.5M buyout clause in place.

    Outside of that, successful college head coaches are always being courted by NFL team owners when there’s a HC vacancy to fill. It’s just a metter of how much they’re willing to pay the HC, how much the buyout is, and how muc control the new coach is willing to give up or want.

  6. udub says: Jan 23, 2012 3:55 PM

    ‘Unfinished business’ just means business will be finished when a better NFL organization wants him.

  7. emaimo80 says: Jan 23, 2012 4:35 PM

    Interpretation; glaziers are cheap.

  8. floridacock says: Jan 23, 2012 5:07 PM

    WEW!! This was a “flash” move by the cheap
    Glaziers trying to sell some more seats for next year. Glad he did not come to coach our Bucs. We need a veteran coach with NFL experience. Good college coach but does not have the credentials to handle the NFL….yet. GO DUCKS!

  9. mhalt99 says: Jan 23, 2012 5:28 PM

    must win Holiday & Alamo Bowls now that SC is off probation

  10. lottsmissingfinger says: Jan 23, 2012 7:29 PM

    The track record of college coaches who run offenses not sustainable in the NFL is wretched. Might be the best outcome for everyone involved.

  11. bmceh says: Jan 23, 2012 9:45 PM

    Unfinished business? What, Phil Knight said he wouldn’t pay Willie unless you stayed in Eugene?

  12. leftcoastnative says: Jan 23, 2012 9:46 PM

    With a $3.5 million buy-out Tampa Bay was not going to pay, Chip decided it was not worth it for him to leave Phil Knight University.

  13. crazyfootballfun says: Jan 24, 2012 1:06 AM

    Web….loved your girlfriend analysis…spot on. I thought he was in it for the long haul, but now we know we were just dating, not engaged and actually headed to marriage. However, I think he felt uncomfortable giving a “rah rah go ducks speech” when he knew he was dating someone else!

  14. 160hfalligatorhater says: Jan 24, 2012 2:46 AM

    Web ..beautiful

  15. webfootdoug58 says: Jan 24, 2012 5:36 PM

    @crazyfootballfun and @160hfalligatorhater,
    THANKS for the kind words.

    At a time like this, we desperately need a sense of humor.

    And I think my feelings — that the honeymoon is over — are shared by others- if you saw Schroeder in today’s Eugene RG, while happy Kelly’s decided to stay, he talks about the anger, frustration, loss of trust, and frayed relations among the Oregon administration and staff after this– “Nothing is quite the same, and might never be.”

    Most worrisome is that we’ve probably lost some key recruits.
    And Big Daddy Phil Knight might be really upset.

    Of course, the RG also has another story where Kelly claims “his heart is with Oregon.” Yeh, right.

    It would help to remember that Chip is a pretty good slight of hand magician–in his offense he knows how to distract the defense in to looking away from where the action really is–
    and he does the same with his words, which are designed to lead us away from what he really feels.

    So the best solution for us, and the media, is to just ignore what he says, and enjoy the wins– maybe another BCS game– as long as he feels like hanging around Eugene.

    He is what he is, a Great Football Coach. But that is no loyal, lifetime university coach Paterno.

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