Buccaneers make it official with Lovie Smith

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made it official, announcing a five-year contract for new coach Lovie Smith.

He'll be formally introduced at a press conference in Tampa next Monday.

“Today is an exciting day for the Buccaneer organization, and the entire Tampa Bay community, as we welcome back Lovie Smith,” Buccaneers co-chairman Bryan Glazer said in a statement. “We knew from the start of our search that he was the ideal man to lead our team into a new era of Buccaneer football. Lovie is an accomplished and very well-respected head coach who has enjoyed success at every level of his 30-year career.”

Smith went 81-63 with the Bears. Now, he replaces Greg Schiano in Tampa Bay.

Smith has four years as an assistant previously with the Buccaneers under coach Tony Dungy.

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.

Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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