KGW News Channel 8 in Portland, Oregon is reporting that Oregon football head coach Chip Kelly is close to finalizing a deal to become the Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach. So far, no one is backing up the TV station. They're the only one with the report and no other media outlets are "confirming" the report. Thus, it's highly suspect at the moment.
One Oregon beat writer says he's heard the same rumors but they're just that -- rumors. Peter King also floated the story to Tony Dungy, who has a son on Oregon's team, and he didn't know. It's also important to note where we are in the recruiting cycle, with 10 days until high school seniors sign letters of intent.
(And, really, the Glazers are going to outbid Phil Knight?)
Kelly initially joined Oregon in 2007 as offensive coordinator before getting the head coaching gig in 2009. Prior to that he was at New Hampshire since 1994 coaching running backs, offensive linemen and finally an offensive coordinator. The Ducks reached a BCS bowl in all three years Kelly was head coach.