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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Hire Lovie Smith

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Lovie Smith. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Lovie Smith. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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(CBS) – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have hired Lovie Smith as their new head coach.

Smith replaces Greg Schiano, who was fired after going 4-12 in his second season in charge.

The deal is for four years, with an option for a fifth. The contract will pay Smith roughly $5 million annually.

As the head coach of the Bears from 2004-2012, Lovie Smith had a 81-63 record and a Super Bowl appearance. The Bears fired Smith after the 2012 season in which the Bears went 10-6 but failed to make the playoffs for the fifth time in six years. He started his NFL coaching in Tampa Bay, working as a linebackers coach from 1996-2000 under head coach Tony Dungy.

The Buccaneers are scheduled to play the Bears next season at Soldier Field.

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