Report: Bucs Wanted Gruden, Cowher Over Smith
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(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.