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Report: Bucs Wanted Gruden, Cowher Over Smith

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

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

(CBS) Publicly, the Bucs had their sights set only on Lovie Smith to be their new head coach.

Just days after Greg Schiano’s firing, Tampa Bay agreed to a deal that would make Smith head coach for at least the next five seasons.

But according to a report from CBSSports.com’s Jason La Canfora, the Bucs hired Smith only after being turned down by Jon Gruden and Bill Cowher.

Get the full report here.

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