Tuesday, January 7, 2014
FORMER BEARS COACH LOVIE SMITH HIRED BY TAMPA BAY
Pledging to bring the Tampa Bay Buccaneers back to the glory days he helped usher in, Lovie Smith was formally introduced as the 10th head coach in franchise history on Monday. Smith had a front-row seat to the Bucs' rise under Dungy as their linebackers coach from 1996-2000. He was part of a renaissance in a place grounded in losing, part of a staff that lifted Tampa Bay from a creamsicle powder puff to a franchise with teeth, one that earned 39 regular-season victories from 1997 to 2000. With Chicago through 2012, Smith's teams went 81-63 and advanced to two NFC Championship Games and one Super Bowl.