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Chip Kelly Turns Down Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Will Stay On As Oregon Football Coach

There was quite a bit of scuttlebutt on Sunday night when reports began to surface that Chip Kelly was leaving the Oregon Ducks football program to coach the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Kelly won't be leaving one of the best jobs in college football to take over a struggling Bucs franchise, however, according to a statement from the NFL team.

The rumors that Kelly was close to a deal with Tampa Bay were apparently true, but the Bucs general manager told the Tampa Bay Times on Monday morning that Kelly is no longer a candidate after he turned them down due to a love for college football.

"His heart is with college football and Oregon and he's no longer being considered,'' Bucs general manager Mark Dominik said Monday.

According to the report from the Times, Dominik delayed his plans on traveling to the Senior Bowl on Monday as he closed in on a deal with Kelly. Once the news broke on Sunday night, though, the newspaper reports that "Kelly reversed course and told the Bucs he was remaining at Oregon."

It was quite the whirlwind 12 hours, wasn't it?

Check out SB Nation's Bucs Nation for more on the Bucs and visit Addicted To Quack for an Oregon perspective on all of this.