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Chip Kelly: Coach Smart To Snub Buccaneers To Remain at Oregon

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 02:  Head coach Chip Kelly of the Oregon Ducks hugs the Oregon Ducks mascot after the Ducks defeated the Wisconsin Badgers 45-38 at the 98th Rose Bowl Game on January 2, 2012 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Kyle VassaloFeatured ColumnistJanuary 23, 2012

It appears as though the Tampa Bay Buccaneers may not be any closer to finding a head coach than they were three weeks ago.

Oregon head football coach Chip Kelly has helped build a program that routinely puts the Ducks in position to win it all, and the Bucs are hoping he's the guy who can turn their dejected team into a contender.

While originally multiple sources told ESPN that Kelly and the Bucs were engaged in contract discussions, Adam Jude of The Register-Guard seems to think otherwise, saying a source says Kelly will remain at Oregon.

ESPN's Adam Schefter confirms the reports of the coach staying.

Did Arrelious Benn jump the gun a bit with this Tweet or will Kelly make the jump to the next level?

If he's smart, he'll resist the temptation to go to the NFL. Like Oregon speedster LaMichael James, Kelly's style is better suited for the collegiate level.

Jim Harbaugh has obviously set the bar for rookie NFL coaches coming out of college, bringing the 49ers to overtime of the NFC Championship in his rookie coaching campaign.

Kelly couldn't possibly hope to share the same success.

While his style of coaching may be perfectly fine for the NFL, he doesn't run the same sort of pro-style offense Harbaugh did at Stanford and would have to make some drastic changes and adjustments upon arriving in Tampa.

His offense would be a shadow of the Ducks' explosive offense we've all come to know and love. Acquiring Josh Freeman before he enters his prime has to be appealing to Kelly, but if The Register-Guard is correct and he has decided to remain at Oregon, it's going to better for all parties involved.

Kelly is better off at Oregon where he can keep injecting speed into the program that the competition can't coral, and the Bucs are better off going in a different direction.

Desperate times call for desperate measures and as head coaching vacancies continue to be filled, the Bucs are scraping the bottom of the barrel and will inevitably have to take a risk and hire a coaching candidate that is far from ideal.

Fortunately for Oregon, there is still hope that Kelly will be standing on the sideline in Eugene next season.


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