The Tampa Bay Buccaneers wasted little time replacing Greg Schiano, agreeing to terms with Lovie Smith on Wednesday to become their next head coach, according to multiple reports.
Smith, the longtime Chicago Bears coach who did not work in the NFL during the 2013 season, was on the Bucs' staff as a linebackers assistant from 1996-2000 under then-head coach Tony Dungy. After spending three years as the St. Louis Rams' defensive coordinator, Smith was hired as Chicago's head coach in 2004 and compiled an 84-66 record over nine seasons.
"Congratulations to the Bucs. I think they made a very good choice in hiring Lovie Smith. Now I'm excited about watching the Bucs next year!" Dungy tweeted on Wednesday night.
Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com reported to expect Smith to hire former University of California-Berkeley coach Jeff Tedford as his offensive coordinator and recently-fired former Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier as his defensive coordinator.
The Bucs hired Smith before replacing fired general manager Mark Dominik, spurring speculation that long-time friend Chris Ballard, who is currently the Kansas City Chiefs' director of player personnel, could be joining him in Tampa Bay.