Report: Tampa Bay Buccaneers To Hire Lovie Smith as Next Head Coach

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will reportedly hire Lovie Smith to be the franchise’s next head coach, according to FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer.

ESPN is reporting that Smith and the Buccaneers have agreed to a four-year contract.

Tampa Bay fired Greg Schiano on Monday after the former Rutgers man went 11-21 with a pair of last-place finishes in the NFC South division in two seasons as the head coach.

Smith brings a lot of experience to a Buccaneers roster that features several talented young players. The 55-year-old’s most recent coaching gig was with the Chicago Bears, whom he led to the playoffs three times in nine seasons, including a Super Bowl appearance in 2006 and an NFC Championship Game berth in 2010. He was fired by the Bears after the 2012 season.

Smith has a career head coaching record of 81-63 with five winning seasons.

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