University of Oregon coach Chip Kelly ended negotiations with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and will remain in college football, where he is 34-6 in three years with the Ducks, the Tampa Bay Times reported today.
Kelly, who interviewed with the Buccaneers last week, informed the National Football League team that he plans to return to Oregon, the newspaper reported, citing Tampa Bay General Manager Mark Dominik. The 48-year-old coach has led the Ducks to three Bowl Championship Series postseason games in three years as coach, including a 45-38 victory over the University of Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl this month.
“His heart is with college football and Oregon and he’s no longer being considered,” Dominik told the newspaper today.
Kelly and the NFL team were close to a deal yesterday, the newspaper said. Buccaneers spokesman Jonathan Grella didn’t immediately return a message left at his office seeking comment on the Times’ report. Dave Williford, a spokesman for Oregon, didn’t return an e-mail seeking comment on Kelly’s intentions.
Kelly served two years as the Ducks’ offensive coordinator before being named coach prior to the 2009 season. Oregon has finished in the top 10 in scoring each of the last three seasons.