Overtures To Chip Kelly “Lunacy”January 25th, 2012
Many Bucs fans were dejected Monday morning when they awoke to the news that Oregon football coach Chip Kelly had turned away the overtures of Team Glazer and Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik, deciding at the very last moment to stay at Oregon.
This, despite the fact Kelly had already told his athletic director he was leaving and walking away from a reported $6 million a year from Team Glazer on the table.
Count Alan Dell among the group breathing a sigh of relief. Dell, a columnist for the Bradenton Herald, strongly scolded Team Glazer for even thinking of going after Kelly, who Dell believes is a scoundrel.
Dell scoffed, calling the notion of Kelly instilling discipline to the Bucs “lunacy.”
Kelly is a target of an ongoing NCAA investigation that might make Ohio State’s “Tresselgate” seem like stealing a few cookies.
Media reports, most notably from Yahoo Sports, link Kelly to a possible payoff scheme to get top recruits to Oregon.
Yahoo said he authorized a $25,000 payment to a scouting service in what might be a violation of NCAA recruiting rules. Then to cover his tracks, Kelly reportedly requested that service send a scouting report that contained outdated material and included a dead player.
Dell goes on to type that he is of the belief that Kelly used Team Glazer not so much to squeeze Oregon (and, in turn, NIKE honcho and uber Oregon booster Phil Knight) for more cash, but to garner job security, to receive assurances from the school that no matter how hard the school gets hammered by the NCAA, that it will not fire Kelly.
Even if one doesn’t subscribe to Dell’s premises, the column is an interesting read from many angles.