After receiving an offer to become coach of the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Chip Kelly released a statement Monday saying he would remain at Oregon.
"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," Kelly said.
Kelly's flirtation with the NFL harks back to former USC Coach Pete Carroll, who was pursued by the San Francisco 49ers, Miami Dolphins and Atlanta Falcons, among others, before finally returning to the pros with the Seattle Seahawks after the 2009 season.
Kelly's mention of "unfinished business" caught the attention of USC quarterback Matt Barkley, who used the same phrase in December when he announced that he would return for a final season with the Trojans.
"Looks like we both do," Barkley tweeted Monday.
-- Gary Klein
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