The following statement was released by the University of Oregon, following reports that Ducks Head Football Coach Chip Kelly had been offered, then turned down a coaching job with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers:
EUGENE University of Oregon football coach Chip Kelly has announced his intentions to remain as the Ducks head coach.
I am flattered by the interest of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers organization. I enjoyed meeting with the Glazer family and General Manager Mark Dominik but after numerous discussions, I concluded that I have some unfinished business to complete at the University of Oregon.
In three seasons, Kelly has accumulated a 34-6 record and guided Oregon to a trio of conference championships and BCS bowl berths, including a 45-38 win in this year s Rose Bowl.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers asked for permission to engage in conversation with Coach Kelly, which was granted, Oregon Athletics Director Rob Mullens said. The University of Oregon is one of the nation's preeminent college football programs and, as such, it comes as no surprise the NFL is interested in our personnel. We are pleased with Coach Kelly s decision to remain as our head coach. Coach Kelly has provided great leadership and remains committed to building on our position among the elite college football programs in the country.
Andy McNamara, Asst. Director of Media Services