January 23, 2012, 6:32 amHours after several sources inside the Oregon program, including a coach, confirmed the departure of Chip Kelly, Bucs GM Mark Dominik says it's time to move on and continue their head coaching search. Find the timeline of events, here.
Rick Stroud Kelly met with general manager Mark Dominik and members of the Glazer family this past week.Rick Stroud Both Kelly and the Bucs are proceeding down a path that they mutually hope will result in an agreement in the next 24-48 hours.
Kelly met with the Bucs earlier this past week and both sides are
hopeful an agreement can be reached within the next 24-48 hours. (FULL STORY)
Justin Hopkins One high source told me seconds ago "He's gone" with regards to Chip Kelly
PeteThamelNYT Chip Kelly and Tampa will be a fascinating look at how bad Phil Knight wants to keep Chip. Money no object for Phil
Joe Schad Oregon would have interest in Chris Petersen of Boise State if Kelly heads to NFL
Adam Jude report: Oregon coach Chip Kelly is negotiating a deal to become the head coach of the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Tampa Bay Times is reporting.
UPDATE: Duck Territory is reporting that Kelly has been offered the job, and the website FootballScoop.com is reporting that Kelly has accepted the job. (FULL STORY)
SPORTSbyBROOKS I can confirm Chip Kelly is already assembling a coaching staff for the Bucs - from a source w/ direct knowledge of process
Kenjon Barner Don't ask cuz I don't kno
LaMichael James To know and not to do is not to know ... So
don't ask me what I think he's going to do cause I don't know lol so u
tell me what u think? "he's" by far the best/smartest coach I have ever been around I can't think of 1 person that's a close 2nd
At 6:45pm Sunday night, MSP Producer Peter Socotch spoke with an Oregon coach off the record who confirmed with Peter that Chip is gone. Said a meeting and notification took place informing of departure.
Adam Jude Chip to the NFL: "It's done"
Justin Hopkins Chip Kelly did not make his scheduled in-home visit tonight in Houston
Aaron Fentress releases article detailing events of Chip's departure(FULL STORY)
George Schroeder Source: Chris Petersen is not the first guy on Oregon's list. They might go after him, but it's not dead solid certainty. Oregon believes it can go after any coach it wants. Money. Facilities. Recent winning. Nike. Not necessarily in that order.
Chris Courtney Also hearing that Helfrich is really a legit candidate, very popular amongst the current staff. Many people suggesting Greatwood would follow Chip, which is still a possibility, though I'm hearing Greatwood may be reluctant to leave.
Around 9pm ESPN runs a ticker story and a 30 second bit on SportsCenter regarding the departure of Oregon's Chip Kelly to Tampa.
Rumors circulated that Phil Knight's jet was in flight to Boise to court Chris Petersen to Oregon.
John Canzano releases story titled "Kelly got it right; no one is bigger than program": I expect that when someone finally surfaces with official confirmation, it's going to be with an announcement that Kelly is NFL-bound, and the Ducks are without a head coach. So what? That's right. I'm not worried. You shouldn't be worried. Because I believe Oregon, not Kelly, is the bonafide key to success in Eugene. (FULL STORY)
The Eugene Register Guard releases their short list of coaches on Oregon's list to become next head coach: After three consecutive conference titles
and BCS bowl berths, the Ducks have reached a level of success that UO
officials believe they can hire “anybody” they want now, the source
said. (FULL STORY)
THEN, the change of heart:
Adam Jude Never had a night like this in my seven-plus years at The R-G. One thing about Chip: He always keeps you on your toes. The best part of night? I got to say "Stop the presses!" in the newsroom (and mean it) for the first time.
CBS Sports Bryan Fischer releases article discussing Chip's flip-flop (FULL STORY)
Bryan Fischer No joke. I like it better when recruits change their mind at the last minute. So much easier to deal with than a head coach... RT
@AdamJude_RG: One thing about Chip: He always keeps you on your toes.
Bryan Fischer Source: "I don't know what to say... he changed his mind."
Tampa Bay Times releases article with quote from Bucs GM: "his heart is in college football" (FULL STORY)
Dennis Dood, CBS Sports, questions the success that Chip Kelly would have at the next level (FULL STORY)
So, Chip Kelly remains Oregon's Head Coach, for now.
And, the journalists weigh in on the coming and going of Chip Kelly.
Dave Miller, National Football Post