Buccaneers hire Lovie Smith

Smith will be Tampa Bay's new head coach. Aaron Wilson

Print This January 01, 2014, 09:07 PM EST

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are bringing Lovie Smith back to town to be their head football coach, according to multiple media reports.

Smith took the past year off from coaching after the Chicago Bears fired him at the end of the 2012 regular season.

Smith used to coach in Tampa Bay from 1996-2000, when he was the linebackers coach. After a three-year stint as the Rams' defensive coordinator from 2001-2003, Smith was hired to be the Bears coach in 2004.

In nine years with the Bears, Smith won three NFC North titles and one NFC Championship.

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.

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