(NEW YORK) — The search continues for a new coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Despite early reports that a deal was in place, Oregon head coach Chip Kelly will not be jumping ship to the NFL and joining the Bucs.
“His heart is with college football and Oregon and he’s no longer being considered,” Buccaneers’ general manager Mark Dominik told the Tampa Bay Times.
Why Kelly backed out of the job is still unknown. According to ESPN’s Joe Schad, Kelly secretly interviewed for the job last week, and had been intrigued by the challenge of coaching in the NFL.
This past season, the Buccaneers went just 4-12 after going 10-6 during the 2010 season. As a result, third-year head coach Raheem Morris was fired and the team has conducted an extensive search to find his replacement. The team have talked to or plan to talk to former coaches such as Brad Childress, Marty Schottenheimer, and Mike Sherman among others.
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