University of Oregon head coach Chip Kelly has decided not to accept an offer to become the new head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
“His heart is with college football and Oregon and he’s no longer being considered,” Tampa Bay general manager Mark Dominik told the paper this morning.
Kelly interviewed with the Buccaneers last week and was considered to be the top candidate to take the position. The 48-year-old head coach has led the Oregon Ducks to a 34-6 record in his three years with the squad. During his tenure the team has made three straight BCS bowl games.
The head coaching position in Tampa Bay became vacant after the club made the decision to fire Raheem Morris after just three years on the job. Morris lead the Buccaneers to a 10-6 record in 2010, but the team regressed in 2011 finishing just 4-12.