January 22, 2012, 5:18 pmOn the day the NFL crowns its conference champions, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers tried to make a splash of their own. KGW News Channel 8 was the first to report that Oregon Ducks Coach Chip Kelly was in talks with the Buccaneers regarding their head coaching vacancy. As of Sunday night, the university had no public comment regarding the report.
EUGENE – University of Oregon football coach Chip Kelly has announced his intentions to remain as the Ducks’ head coach.
“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.”
In three seasons, Kelly has accumulated a 34-6 record and guided Oregon to a trio of conference championships and BCS bowl berths, including a 45-38 win in this year’s Rose Bowl.
“The Tampa Bay Buccaneers asked for permission to engage in conversation with Coach Kelly, which was granted,” Oregon Athletics Director Rob Mullens said. “The University of Oregon is one of the nation's preeminent college football programs and, as such, it comes as no surprise the NFL is interested in our personnel. We are pleased with Coach Kelly’s decision to remain as our head coach. Coach Kelly has provided great leadership and remains committed to building on our position among the elite college football programs in the country.”