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SBD/January 7, 2014/Franchises
Buccaneers Lauded For Hiring Of Lovie Smith, Called Franchise's "Best Possible Move"
Published January 7, 2014
COACH COMES BEFORE GM: Smith fills the Buccaneers' coaching vacancy despite the team not yet having replaced departed GM Mark Dominik. Smith said, “I’ve always been involved in personnel. I look forward to getting our new general manager in here. The coaching staff is pretty much in place, but can’t wait to get the new general manager in place. We have a lot of pieces in place, great foundation, but we have a lot of work to do still.” Smith reportedly was a candidate for other openings, but he said taking the Bucs' job is "about coming home, starting off as a linebacker coach here and being there in the infant stage of bringing the Buccaneers back up on Tony Dungy’s first staff." Smith: "It's always been a special place for us, and having a year off ... I got a chance to watch a lot of games around the league. When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers job opened up, I just thought it was an area that we had an opportunity to come to and hopefully make a quick climb" (“Mike & Mike,” ESPN Radio, 1/7).