Update 11:06 p.m.: Adam Jude of the Eugene Register Guard is reporting that a high ranking Oregon athletics official as saying “it’s done.“
Well, there is a little panic down in Eugene. It appears that Chip Kelly could be leaving the program for the NFL, specifically the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Oregon TV station KGW first reported that Kelly was close to making a deal with the Bucs.
And then, the Tampa Bay Times also reported the Bucs will hire Kelly.
From the story …
Oregon football coach Chip Kelly is finalizing a deal to become the Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach, the Tampa Bay Times confirmed Sunday night.
Kelly met with the Bucs earlier this past week and both sides are hopeful an agreement can be reached within the next 24-48 hours.
Kelly has been Oregon’s head coach for three years, winning the conference title in all three, reaching three straight BCS games. Three weeks ago, the Ducks won their first Rose Bowl game in 95 years.
Kelly would make the jump to the NFL if a financial agreement can be reached, a source told KGW in Porland, Oregon Sunday night.
The secret meeting between with Kelly, Bucs general manager Mark Dominik and members of the Glazer family which owns the team came during an exhaustive search in which they interviewed eight known candidates with a wide array of experience in the NFL, from former head coaches to offensive coordinators and position coaches.
And then, every other outlet tried to confirm it.
And then, Oregon and Washington fans broke twitter.
In all seriousness, there is some speculations that the pending sanctions from the NCAA for the Lache Seatstrunk recruitment featuring a waltz with Willie Lyles may be severe enough for Kelly to be looking to jump off the sinking ship.