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Bucs to hire Oregon’s Chip Kelly within the next 48 hours as their new head coach

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had to go to the college ranks to find its new head coach.

Chip Kelly (Getty Images/Staff Harry How)

The Buccaneers are finalizing a contract with current Oregon head football coach Chip Kelly. The deal is expected to be finalized within the next 48 hours.

Kelly met with the Buccaneers management last week. Prior to Kelly, there were nine other candidates, who interviewed for the job.

When reports broke about Kelly in talks with the Bucs, which was first reported by KGW-TV in Portland, many were skeptical. But the St. Petersburg Times say the reports are legit.

Kellly is leaving Oregon before the school gets hit with NCAA sanctions. Another NFL head coach, Pete Carroll, did the same thing when he left Southern California for the Seattle Seahawks prior to the school was hit with scholarship losses and a bowl ban.

Since the 2009 season, he had a 34-6 record with the Ducks. He also coached the team to three straight Pac-10/Pac-12 championships.

This would be his first job in the NFL.

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