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Bucs to introduce Lovie Smith as head coach today


Published:   |   Updated: January 6, 2014 at 08:19 AM

Lovie Smith will be officially introduced at 2 p.m. today as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' head coach during a news conference at One Buc Place.

Smith arrived in Tampa via private jet Sunday for the first time since signing a five-year contract to become the Bucs' 10th head coach. He was accompanied by his wife, MaryAnne, sons Matt and Miles, daughter-in-law, Kathleen, and grandson, Jackson.

The family then received a tour of the Bucs' practice facility on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, and adjacent Raymond James Stadium.

The “new” One Buc Place was not built the last time Smith worked for the Bucs. From 1996 to 2000, Smith served as Tampa Bay's linebackers coach under Tony Dungy. In those days, the team trained at the significantly smaller One Buccaneer Place off West Shore Boulevard.

Smith replaces Greg Schiano, who was fired last week after going 4-12 in 2013 and 11-21 overall during two years at the helm.

The Bucs also fired general manager Mark Dominik, and the position has yet to be filled. According to reports, Kansas City Chiefs player personnel director Chris Ballard is a top candidate.

Smith has already hired former University of California head coach Jeff Tedford as offensive coordinator and former Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier as defensive coordinator.

Smith comes to Tampa Bay are spending nine seasons as the Chicago Bears' head coach, going 81-63 during the regular season and 3-3 in the playoffs. He was fired in 2012 as the third-winningest coach in franchise history.

Smith's record with the Bears included three division titles, two NFC Championship game appearances (2006 and 2010) and a berth in Super Bowl XLI in 2006, where the Bears lost to Dungy's Indianapolis Colts.

Before taking the Bears job, Smith was defensive coordinator of the St. Louis Rams in 2001. The Rams went to the Super Bowl that year and made another playoff appearance in 2003.

 

 

 

 

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