Chip Kelly to leave UO for Buccaneers

1/23/2012: Or maybe that offer wasn’t rich enough, according to the latest from the RG
and Canzano.

1/22/2012: I didn’t check, but I assume that’s some sort of a football team, not a rum drink with an umbrella. Story here. More here. Under the NCAA college football is so corrupt it soils everyone who touches it, even an apparently good guy like Kelly. Presumably he’ll leave UO holding the bag for any NCAA penalties regarding Willie Lyles. According to Kelly’s contract Rob Mullens could fine him to recover UO’s costs, but I don’t think Mullens has got the stones – and anyway, it’s just the academic side’s money. His UO contract is here.

Even ignoring the possible infractions, Kelly will have to pay UO some serious money to break his contract – $3,750,000 by my count. What do you bet the athletic side tries to keep it all?

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13 Responses to Chip Kelly to leave UO for Buccaneers

  1. Anonymous says:

    I hear Joe Paterno is available.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Whoops, never mind.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Notice how the rats quickly desert a sinking ship? Reminds me of Pete Carroll and how he had said he
    was a lifer at USC — until the NCAA came calling, then he got out of there real fast for the Seattle
    Seahawks:

    Not long before an NCAA report on violations at USC under Carroll was released, on January 10, 2010,
    Carroll told his players that he would resign his position with the Trojans and become the new head
    coach of the Seattle Seahawks. According to the Los Angeles Times, Carroll came to agreement with the
    Seahawks on a 5-year $33 million contract to become head coach.

    It will be interesting to see what UO gets from the NCAA in the next few months…

  4. Anonymous says:

    Wait, I thought if someone left the athletic department for a better job we had to pay *him*.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I’D LIKE CHIP KELLY TO LEAVE. GET A COACH WHO REQUIRES FOOTBALL TEAM MEMBERS TO COMPLY W STUDENT CODE OF ETHICS, THE “I LOVE MY DUCKS” THEME SONG SHOULD NOT BE
    “I LOVE MY THUGS”. WHILE THEY ARE AT IT… THE U OF O SHOULD BRING THE HEAD COACH SALARY BACK DOWN TO EARTH.
    KELLY HAS A
    six-year deal that includes $20.5 million in guaranteed money, though there are also numerous incentives in the contract that will bolster Kelly’s pay. As it is, averaging $3.42 million over the next six years means Kelly’s salary ranks amongst the highest paid college coaches in the nation.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Maybe this will give the AD pause before blowing more academic money on an autsen expansion. (did I say that? That’s crazy… Of course it won’t.)

  7. Anonymous says:

    Dog, who is somewhat NFL literate
    says that there is no way Kelly makes
    it in the NFL any more than Dennis Erickson
    tried to do (or Rich Brooks for that matter)

    • Anonymous says:

      And Erickson didn’t do too well at ASU, having
      lost 3 of 4 games with Arizona and getting fired
      for those losses.

  8. uomatters says:

    How about Lorraine Davis? Jim Bean can end his sabbatical early, go back to being Provost.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Phil Knight probably speed dialed Mike Bellotti to come back to UO…

  10. Anonymous says:

    It will be interesting to read Knight’s counteroffer.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Oh, well, looks like Chip isn’t off to Tampa Bay just yet. Too bad, I was looking forward to a losing season and the subsequent amazing increases in student GPAs. Maybe next year.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Dog says

    Chip Kelly apparently is not stupid

    he will make about the same money at UO as in NFL
    and he will surely win more games here than at Tampa Bay

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