Oregon coach Chip Kelly told the Tampa Bay Buccaneers early Monday morning 'his heart is with college football,' and he is remaining with the Ducks.
"His heart is with college football and Oregon and he's no longer being considered,'' Bucs general manager Mark Dominik said Monday.
Kelly and the Bucs were in the process of finalizing a deal late Sunday with the goal of him becoming Tampa Bay's head coach by today or Tuesday.
But negotiations with college coaches are always tricky, and with national signing day less than two weeks away, Kelly quickly ended talks once he decided to remain at Oregon where he has led the Ducks to three straight BCS games.
The situation is strikingly familiar to the Bucs coaching search in 1996 when Florida coach Steve Spurrier came close to taking the job before deciding to remain with the Gators. The Bucs wound up hiring Tony Dungy, whose son, Eric, is now a receiver for Kelly at Oregon.