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.
The polls are meaningless. Especially any poll that isn’t the College Football Playoff top 25 and even then, as the TCU learned late last season, even the penultimate ranking is as meaningless as the paper they’re metaphorically written on.
Still, they’re catnip to college football fans and observers. Place them in front of us and we can’t help but gnaw on them.
And with that said, a bit of milestone was reached in Sunday’s Associated Press Top 25, as the SEC was completely shut out of the top five.
That group breaks down as follows:
- Ohio State
- Michigan State
An SEC free top five hasn’t happened in nearly five full years; October 10, 2010 was the last time such a thing occurred. Oddly enough, two of the same five culprits occupied that ranking as well:
- Ohio State
- Boise State
Underscoring the lesson of the first paragraph, eventual national champion Auburn checked in at No. 6. Those Tigers moved up a spot the following week and never looked back.
None of this means anything at all, until it does. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun along the way.
After battling to get on the field throughout the season’s first five weeks, Georgia is shutting down inside linebacker Reggie Carter for the rest of the year, Dawgs head coach Mark Richt confirmed Sunday evening.
Carter fought shoulder problems throughout the year, and saw action in only one of Georgia’s first five games. A junior, Carter will be eligible for a medical redshirt.
The Snellville, Ga., native recorded 28 tackles in 12 appearances in 2014 and eight tackles in eight appearances as a freshman in 2013. UAB transfer Jake Ganus started in the spot many pegged to Carter before injure ruptured his season.
Carter totaled two stops in one appearance this season.