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Duck-flop? Kelly will reportedly stay at Oregon

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Perhaps it was all ruffled feathers for nothing.

(Sorry, we had to) 

Hours after rumors began flying that Oregon coach Chip Kelly would be taking the job as the head coach of the Tampa Bay Bucs, with some news outlets even going so far as to confirm those reports, it appears Kelly has had a change of heart and will stay in Eugene.

Adam Jude of the Eugene Register Guard had the story very early Monday morning.

I’m staying” Kelly reportedly told a source, who in turn told Jude. Adam Schefter of ESPN also got in on the supposed flip-flopping just a short while ago along with a slew of Oregon beat writers.

A short while later, the Bucs franchise confirmed that Kelly was not coming aboard.

His heart is with college football and Oregon and he’s no longer being considered,” team general manager Mark Dominik told the Tampa Bay Times Monday morning.

Kelly finished his third season with Oregon in 2011, winning the Rose Bowl against Wisconsin 45-38. His immediate success with UO had also led to rumors connecting him to the Miami Dolphins job just a couple weeks ago.

For now, though, Kelly is staying.

Again, all of this back and forth comes just a over a week away from National Signing Day. Even if Kelly is staying, never underestimate the power of uncertainty on the mind of a 17 or 18-year-old kid.

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8 Responses to “Duck-flop? Kelly will reportedly stay at Oregon”
  1. woebegong says: Jan 23, 2012 7:54 AM

    Why am I not surprised that the media, reported rumors as fact and exaggerated the whole situation. Just think, as the republican primaries take place, they will have even more chances to jump the gun. Sadly, a lot of Americans rely on these very same news sources for what is happening in this country every day.
    I sure hope it doesn’t mess up the recruiting for them, even though I am no fan of the team. I just believe that every team should be allowed to start on a level playing field, which the news services try to keep unbalanced as they can, so they have a story, true, factual or not to report.

  2. tubaplayingprof says: Jan 23, 2012 8:09 AM

    I don’t mean to seem dismissive of woebegong’s common opinion that media is political, harmful, etc. I only want to offer another view of how a smart college coach can play the media. What a clever way of convincing a recruit who’s being told by rivals that you’re on your way out, the next college coach to leave for the NFL. “Son, I had the job, but my heart’s with this university, my players, and I want you to know that when you come here, I’ll be here……..”

  3. addict2sport says: Jan 23, 2012 8:21 AM

    As long as Phil Knight is hooking Oregon up with a variety of uniforms this Kelly to the NFL news will have ZERO effect on recruiting.

  4. brewcrewfan54 says: Jan 23, 2012 8:32 AM

    So how much money did the boys at Nike give him?

  5. brewcrewfan54 says: Jan 23, 2012 8:47 AM

    Woebegone, if it messes up recruiting for them its Kelly’s own fault for flirting with the job.

  6. burntorangehorn says: Jan 23, 2012 10:05 AM

    He has at least another season before he needs to go all Pete Carroll and GTFO before the sanctions hit.

  7. normtide says: Jan 23, 2012 1:12 PM

    He has a better chance to win the big one in Tampa. Unless he learns that football also has something called defense. Easier to win by not letting the other team score than it is to try to get the last possesion.

  8. webfootdoug58 says: Jan 23, 2012 2:18 PM

    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?

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