Chip Kelly SpeaksJanuary 23rd, 2012
That is the statement just issued by Oregon football coach Chip Kelly on his dalliance with Team Glazer and Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik over possibly succeeding jettisoned coach Raheem Morris as the ninth head coach in Bucs history, via CollegeFootballTalk.com.
“I am flattered by the interest of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ organization. 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.”
There are two ways to look at Kelly doing an about face at the Bucs. One is to breathe a sigh of relief. Rarely do college coaches succeed on the NFL level (and yes, Joe is well aware of what Jim Harbaugh, no stranger to the NFL himself, has done this year with the 49ers).
The second way of looking at this is a college coach rebuffed a chance to being able to put “NFL head coach” on his resume for a future college gig… if he ever left the NFL.