Mike Sherman Among Tampa Bay Buccaneers Coaching Finalists

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were spurned by Chip Kelly over the weekend, as the Oregon coach got cold feet and decided to stay in Eugene after reportedly agreeing to a deal to coach the Buccaneers. But another coach from the college ranks remains in the running to take over in Tampa Bay, as Mike Sherman is a finalist to become the Bucs' next head coach, according to the Tampa Bay Times' Rick Stroud.

Sherman is the first candidate Stroud has confirmed will be invited for a second interview after Kelly's change of heart. He will likely have a follow-up interview with Bucs general manager Mark Dominik in Tampa sometime this week, and previously interviewed for the position on January 4.

Sherman was fired by Texas A&M in December after his Aggies underperformed in 2011, going 6-6 despite being ranked in or near the top 10 at the season's outset. He was 57-39 in six seasons as the Green Bay Packers' head coach from 2000 to 2005, but never won a playoff game.

For more on Mike Sherman and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coaching search, visit SB Nation's Bucs blog Bucs Nation.

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