Back Where It All Began; Bucs Hire Lovie Smith

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers hired Lovie Smith their next head coach and the team is finalizing contract details with the former Chicago Bears coach, reports Jay Glazer of Fox Sports.

Smith will replace Greg Schiano, who was fired on Monday after two years on the job.

Smith, 55, has been out of coaching since being fired after the Bears finished 10-6 and missed the playoffs in 2012. He had a 81-63 record in nine seasons with the Bears and led the team to three division titles and one Super Bowl appearance.

He reportedly also interviewed with Houston Texans for their head coaching job. The Texans ended up hiring Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien.

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