FootballScoop.com was first to report the news Sunday night that Chip Kelly has accepted an offer to become the next head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
( Kelly was in Tampa to visit USF Coach ) Skip Holtz last March
SbB has since confirmed that Kelly is already assembling a coaching staff - from a source with direct knowledge of the process.
SACRAMENTO BEE reporter also confirmed on Sunday night that with national signing day less than two weeks away, Kelly most recently canceled a Sacramento-area recruiting trip set for today. Joe Davidson Justin Hopkins of DuckTerritory.com reported the trip was to include an in-home visit this evening.
Kelly’s departure from Oregon will cost the Bucs $3.5 million because of an applicable buyout clause in the coach’s college contract. Kelly signed a six-year extension with Oregon on Sept. 28, 2010, a deal which made him the second-highest paid coach in the Pac-10 at the time.
Kelly leaves as the school braces for the impending delivery of an NCAA Notice of Allegations,
which may implicate the coach in NCAA violations
relating to his relationship -
as extensively detailed by Yahoo Sports
- with Texas-based high school football scout
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