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Bucs to hire Lovie Smith as coach

Lovie Smith indeed won’t be a candidate for the Washington Redskins‘  coaching job.

Smith agreed Wednesday night to become the coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the two sides were working out the final contract details, a person familiar with the situation said. The agreement was first reported by Fox.

The Redskins apparently were interested in Smith, the former head coach of the Chicago Bears. But Smith is a former Buccaneers assistant and people familiar with the league-wide hiring process were convinced in recent days he was headed to Tampa.

John Wooten, the chairman of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, said earlier Wednesday that Smith would not interview with the Redskins.

The Detroit Lions also were interested in interviewing Smith. He interviewed with the Houston Texans before they hired Penn State’s coach, Bill O’Brien.

The Texans and Buccaneers have hired coaches while the Redskins, Lions, Cleveland Browns and Minnesota Vikings continue to look.

Have a Redskins question? E-mail Mike Jones at with the subject line “Mailbag question” for him to answer it in The Mailbag on Tuesdays.

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Mark Maske covers the NFL for The Washington Post.



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