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January 1, 2014 @ 9:01 pm
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Mutliple Sources Report Smith The Bucs' Next Head Coach

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The Glazers have apparently moved quickly in finding Greg Schiano's replacement, with multiple reports that Lovie Smith and the Buccaneers are finalizing a contract to make him the next head coach of the Buccaneers.
The Glazer family took 26 days to hire Greg Schiano as the Buccaneers head coach in 2012 after firing Raheem Morris. According to reports on Wednesday, they have made their latest hire in just three days.

According to the reports, the Buccaneers are in the process of finalizing a contract that would make former Bears head coach Lovie Smith the 10th head coach in franchise history.

Former Bucs head coach Tony Dungy tweeted late Wednesday evening,"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!"

Former linebacker Derrick Brooks also showed his excitement via Twitter saying, "So excited tonight @TBBuccaneers. Bucs got better tonight with Lovie Smith coming back as the new H/C. Words can't describe my excitement."

Reports began floating on Twitter on Wednesday afternoon that the Glazers has already interviewed Smith, with some saying as earlier as last Monday, the same day Schiano and general manager Mark Dominik were fired.

On Monday, reports by several national outlets stated that Smith was the Bucs first choice and there was mutual interest. Later reports came out that Smith would also bring former Cal coach Jeff Tedford aboard as his offensive coordinator, and possibly recently fired Minnesota head coach Leslie Frazier as his defensive coordinator.

Late Wednesday night ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Tedford was in fact going to be the Buccaneers new offensive coordinator, and that the Bucs will also bring in former Bucs defensive line coach Rod Marinelli to become the team's defensive coordinator. Marinelli was part of Monte Kiffin's 2013 defensive coaching staff in Dallas.

The Glazers have an obvious familiarity with Smith from his days on former coach Tony Dungy’s staff. Smith served as linebackers coach in Tampa from 1996 through 2000 under Dungy, and then parlayed that into becoming the Rams’ defensive coordinator in 2001.  After three seasons in St. Louis, the Bears hired Smith to be the team’s head coach, where he served for nine seasons.

Smith complied an 88-64 record as head coach of the Bears, including an NFC Championship in 2006 before losing, ironically, to Dungy’s Colts in Super Bowl XLI.

The Buccaneers will also need to hire a general manager after letting Dominik go on Monday, and reports are that former Bears general manager and former Bucs front office employee Jerry Angelo could also be returning to Tampa Bay.

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    @mark2001 for every Barry Switzer you raddle off theres a Belicheck, Pete Carroll, and Tony Dungy that shows the right guy in the right place can work. Funny thing is Lovie's 10 games won have been enough for the Bears to make the playoffs this year and how did they choke away their shot at the playoffs?? A DEFENSIVE lapse....defense wins championships and Lovie will make sure we play sound football.
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    @sweatheart12: dominik bad or average because: 1) Finding Talent and Aggressive in FA - okay, in short: anyone can toss around millions in order to sign some good players. As said before, it is about building a great team and not about getting some good players.. Little example: Media-Brainwashed-Bucs-Fans thought "this is the year", because all of the media hype and the Shianomik demon saying so (all that win-now BS; in order to sell the product) - then in reality, we saw it unfold. Lack of talent (going into the season, i think even PR stated "TE not much of a need in Sullys offense anyway" blah blah, because the Bucs are too good, they just need 10 good players on the field..^^) Lack of talent because we were in re-building mode and suddenly changed that (for no other reason than to suck by design). Why in hell, when you clearly are in re-building mode, do you give up on 2 high draft picks and 16 MIO in cap, just so you can get one good players, who, by the way, wasn´t ready to go full speed this season??? cleary Dominik failed big time building the team - therefore managing the team. And one more on finding talent: The Mark Barron and D.Martin picks were stupid. First, it isn´t too hard finding a good RB in later rounds (and Martin, while good, isn´t 1st round worthy by any means. Enough examples out there.. and drafting Kuechly would have been way better: 1) could have had, the maybe best LB core out there 2) lots of flexibility in terms of team building: could have traded Mason Foster for good draft pick.. just an example. not what i would have done.. Mark Barron is a sure tackler, but not a game changer by any means.. doesn´t have to be a bust - but clearly not worth his drafting spot (i almost forgot: we could have had Patrick Peterson.. in a division against Matt Ryan and Brees, we could have picked one of the future best players on his posi.. like a Revis 2.0 in healthy.. but our last GM was just soooo incompetent as his fellow HC..) 2) good job with cap - well, we had an great cap situation when he arrived (plus the veteran cutting, which seemed like house-cleaning to start from the scratch). The one good thing was how he structured the contracts, but it only helps when you get the other things right (building team and keeping the high level of talent up, by draft and FA and re-signings) Funny thing is: These GM´s make a tone of money, but they aren´t able to see or to understand the fortunes by "front loading" contracts?? It seems like 99% of GM`s out there aren´t their money worth (hello, they make milions of money and can´t understand this?? Well, i know why "they dont know" - 2 possibilitys: they are stupid like hell, or they know, but don´t do it by design..)>>>>>>>Thanks Glazers for getting Lovie Smith!! GoBucs!!
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    @louden...Thanks for the insight. You should be GM! LOL. I do see your point and you made a valid one. I guess I'm looking at it from a different angle then most ppl. by NOT having every post being negative. It's nice having a debate with someone with couth.
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    Good hire. He will follow Dungy in the sense that he is inheriting a team with Probowl/hall of fame talent drafted/brought in by the previous coach.
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    This was a great hire. Happy day, would have preferred a GM first, but I am ecstatic that we got Lovie.
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    Curious to see how they will play Revis in the D scheme.
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    So, does mean we stop signing EVERY Rutgers player available? LOL. Looking on the Brightside I think Schiano will get to coach Penn State now and get $9 million to boot. This was an AWESOME hire. The Glazers really care about this team and it shows because they put an end to this madness. I don't care what you haters say. I think Dom for the record was a good GM. He did a good job with the CAP, finding talent, and was aggressive in FA. His only downfall was finding crappy coaches. We had the players man just not coaching. If I wrong please enlighten me guys.
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    Some of you naysayers should be aware that, even the Lovie's last season in Chicago, after which he was fired, he went 10-6. Are you telling me you don't want that HC? Also, he knows why he was fired and hopefully, like Bellichick after he was fired for not getting it done in Cleveland, Lovie can grow from the experience. BTW, Belicheck NEVER went 10-6 in Cleveland.
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    stlbuc...didn't Barry Switzer win a SB with the Cowboys? Was he a good NFL coach? A good coach is successful over years, not a one shot SB appearance.
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    Is 81-63, with 3 division titles, not successful? It's sure more successful than many of the coaches who have come through Tampa. Is it legendary, no, but Belichick probably wasn't considered legendary coming out of Cleveland either. I'd say Lovie gives us a good chance at winning consistently again, which is a step in the right direction.
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    Who's to say that the Glazers haven't already decided upon a GM and we just haven't heard about it yet? As for Cutler. why not , he's better than Glennon. Also by bringing in Cutler for a year or so, you allow Glennon to learn and grow under Tedfords system.
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    Wow I'm really shocked at the negativity in some of these comments. I am extremely excited. I think we have too many holes to have a KC type story book turn around, but I predict that we are sniffing the playoffs next year. Lovie's 1st three years with Chicago (5-11, 11-5, 13-3 lost in SB to Peyton Manning). We haven't made the playoffs how many times since 2002?
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    Pewter glasses...was Lovie only there three years? I thought it was longer than that.
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    Johnny...just being realistic....we have seen this before....remember the Rah hype? The Sam Wyche, Leeman Bennett hype? We haven't been following the Bucs since yesterday.
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    @Mark2001 I wasn't "happy" that Bowers liked the move I just noticed that the players seemed eager about the coaching change, which isn't what we had been hearing. You laugh at us signing Jay Cutler when Flacco and Eli Manning were the last two Super Bowl winners, not Peyton, Brady or Brees. Second tier QBs can get it done with a balanced football team. And for the record no I dont worry about Pro Bowl players bc if they performed under college coaching I'm sure a man that has coached his way to a Super Bowl can find a use for them LOL.
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    But Pink...What poisoned McKay with the Bucs to begin with? That they didn't let him make the HC position...they pulled the rug out from under him. Now you have told the new GM that Lovie is their coach. What experienced, successful GM would come in under those conditions? None. So likely we get some retread that was fired because he didn't get the job done elsewhere. But I guess that won't be a subject of speculation....we will see who they hire....a blast from the past that got fired because he couldn't do the job elsewhere...possibly a well known face from the past? Or will it be a guy from a successful organization that is an experienced successful vet or an "up and comer" from such an organization?
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    Your happy Bowers liked this move? LOL I would be more concerned about David and McCoy...Bowers may or may not even be able to earn a starting job in this league. What next? Michael Adams is thrilled?
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    Cutler is less than Tony Romo. Why would you guys want him here? And you will pay top dollar for a second tier QB.
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    If we don't bring in a real motivator like Marinelli, this is little more than a blast from the past...Lovie is less than Dungy, less than Gruden. Where are the major motivators on this team? Tomlin and Marinelli were the hard charging guys that really pushed the team to their utmost during most of the glory years. Don't have a GM yet. Left to believe the Glazer bros. don't know squat. Dust off the cellar in the NFC South and stencil our name on it with indelible ink.
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    Im sold on lovie but not on his choice of OC or DC.But we must have faith in lovie,hes had a year off to think about his moves as the bears headcoach so I sure he wont make the same mistakes twice.So welcome back lovie and go Bucs.
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    Great! The G Boys have done it again! Welcome back to the past, hiring a defensive minded guy who will cling to an obsolete T2 scheme! Yay!
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    Owlykat: NO ONE IS GOING TO SIGN TEBO(W) TO PLAY QUARTERBACK! He's figured it out. Why can't you? Getting back on topic. Lovie Smith will bring instant respectability and most importantly, sanity back to the organization for the first time in five years. If he's like most of us; his second stint as HC will be much easier. Plus, he has the advantage of knowing the Glazers. If he can pry Marinelli from the Cowboys to serve as DC and coach the D-line I would be thrilled. Raheem Morris is available to coach DB's. Just a thought since it's old home week.
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    Exercising Patience. I like the speed with which this was done. I like Lovie Smith the man. I have 0 (ZERO) confidence in his ability to be a forward thinking offensive or defensive mastermind. The Tampa 2 is horrible in today's NFL. Lovie had in Chicago: Mike Martz--awful, & Mike Tice--AWFUL as his offensive coordinators. Chicago is far better offensively under Trestman than they were under Lovie. (All their holes are on the defensive side of the ball / defense cost them their playoff spot this year.) Name a top 12 rated QB Lovie developed?? Don't worry I'll wait...oh, there isn't one? He never developed a top 12 rated QB? Well, at least he's a no BS kind of guy that the players will love. Wait, didn't we just fire that guy?? Too bad Lovie's game planning strategies are a little out of date; I'm sure his coordinators will make up for that. Wait, didn't we just fire that same type of guy?? I know the RedZone channel fans will love this hire. It's a name they know. He has ties to the Bucs. He's part of the Dungy tree. But this isn't getting better, it's just more of the same. Average heralded as better than it has been.
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    mjmoody -- come on man, usually you bring some good insight here but that nonsense on Cover 2 and developing QBs is the Red Zone lover analysis we all despise. Bears don't run the Cover 2 of yesteryear. Its a combo Cover 1/Cover 3 with steady dosage of blitz. You should read the piece that is being recirculated from SI back in late October when they sat down with Lovie to see how he was doing in his year off. Great read. In either case, if you think they are running a base Cover 2 like our Super Bowl winnings Bucs, that's shoddy analysis. And how much could Kyle Orton and Rex Grossman be developed? Lovie got that bum to the Super Bowl and almost won. So a winning overall record with multiple playoff appearances is a dramatic improvement over the clown show that has been One Buc since Gruden was fired. I'lll take regular playoff appearances thank you very much. We have to be realistic and take it one step at a time. Expecting a magical coaching candidate to appear and a) not be a so called "retread" and b) have all the credentials of Super Bowl caliber coach. What were you expecting, Bill Billichek to show up at One Buc? He was fried from Cleveland, never won there, improved his coaching style, and look at him now. That's the position Lovie is in now. That indeed is very much an upgrade from the mediocre college coaches and hot shot coordinators that have failed miserably for us the past 5 seasons.
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    Great to hear that Lovie is back and thrilled that Martinelli will be the Defensive Coordinator, and DeAngelo will be the GM since he will be able to work in tandem with Lovie. I won't be worrying about our Defensive Line now. Martinelli knows more about developing a defensive line than anyone in the country. He will know how to make both Gholston and Bowers as star DEs for us without having to draft Clowney. I really hope he will hire Sapp as his DL Coach. With Martinelli seeing how poorly the old Tampa Two went for Dallas, I hope he will adapt the back end of his defense to work with the personnel he has. I hope Lovie and DeAngelo will evaluate the present Buc's personnel and realize Glennon has to be a back up and we need the UCF QB in the draft or we need to sign Tebo right away. I don't know enough about Tedford but I hope he will watch Auburn's highly successful triple option and get some ideas to adapt to the Buc's offense now. Tebo or UCF's QB could run that offense to perfection. With our three RBs we could force the opposition to put 9 in the box and cheat up and either of those QBs would be able to throw accurate passes deep and burn them. Tebo has such intangibles he would rejuvenate our Offense just by his presence just like he did for the Broncos after they had looked awful losing four games in a row before they started Tebo. I also hope that Lovie heard today as I did that one of the secrets to the Eagles' success this year came from their hiring an ex Navy Seal to condition them for the fourth quarter in the off season. Lovie needs to learn from that and get an ace physical condition expert to get the Bucs in shape for next season because we had too many second half collapses this year and I don't believe Schiano got our team in the right conditioning to win. I am very excited that Lovie can duplicate the KC Miracle and turn the Bucs into a perennial winner without having to rebuild this team.
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    I'm glad that we hired a veteran coach but I'm concerned that we are going back to the Tampa two. While it was an amazing innovation in our heyday, the game has changed and I think it's outdated. None of the top defenses run it anymore, most are running a 3-4 front. The worst part about the switch is that our pro-bowl stud press man CB that we traded a first rounder for will be obsolete. Hopefully we can get something for Revis in a trade because he's gonna be long gone
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    Rocketglass, I submit this article to you. I don't mean that in a cocky way, just thought it would be helpful. http://www.bucsnation.com/2014/1/1/5265018/on-lovie-smith-leslie-frazier-darrelle-revis-and-cover-2
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    Great move and as I've been speculating this will hopefully lead to the signing of Jay Cutler. As the news broke on twitter the players seem to be elated namely Bowers and I for one can't blame him. Go Bucs!
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    Great hire Glazers! Very Happy! And thanks for making sure we got to see all the games on TV this past season. That meant a lot to me wither we played great or not. I have a feeling you wont have to do it again in 2014. Thanks! GO BUCS!!!
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    I ust hope the good old days make the Bucs a winner agian. I think Angelo is as good a choice for GM as compared to the other candidates that might be available. Marinelli seems likke a good fit aqr DC. Like him better than Frazier. Don't know enough about Tedford as OC to give a qualified opinion. Anything the Bucs do should and would be an improvement over what they had had for several years now. The only direction this team can go is up. GO BUCS
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    Excellent hire. I'm feeling much better already. I don't know much about tedford but if Smith bases his job security on bringing him onboard then I'm ok with it.
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    Congrats to Lovie Smith; now, hopefully he follows in the footsteps of Marty Shottenheimer and works to develop a balanced O to balance out the D.
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    great hire, bucs !! couldn't be more excited with the lovie smith hire. after the schiano disaster,lovie will bring stability and respect back to tampa bay. can't wait to get to be a respectable team, and perennial contender again !! GO BUCS !!!
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    I like the hire and I especially like the fast timing of it. We have the only GM position open in the NFL but there were plenty of HC opportunities. Supply and demand suggests it was wise to tie up the best veteran HC available. Game management and special team will get significantly better. Stunting should go down and sacks should go up. A great day for Bucs fans!
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    Just saw a report from Adam scheffler saying we got rod marinelli as our def coordinator! That would make a lot of people respect our d immediately. Rod is the best in the game at what he does. I bet McCoy will and that line will flourish if this is true. Getting really interesting now
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    I would say getting a coach who can get us winning consistently again is a big step forward for this organization at this point. Whether it's by offense or defense, I really don't care; just win. The 2012 Ravens didn't have an elite offense by any means, but they still won the super bowl. Just get a decent OC & a veteran QB until we find a promising rookie, & the offense should be just fine.
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    Say no to Angelo! Hire an up and coming executive. He has a bad early round draft pick track record. Going from Rutgers-South to No-Offensive-Fire-Power Chicago-Bear-Reject-South may not be such an upgrade.
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    Jay Cutler is our Starting Qb next year! you heard from me first! Mark that down
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    Cutler just re-signed with the Bears bro.
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    No problem with this hire, it's key to get the best talent G.M. we can find. Smith like any coach has a better chance with better players. Also glad we moved quickly, should help us get a top staff.
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    GREAT MOVE I SAID THE WHOLE TIME SMITH OR COWHER .( NOT KUBIAK)I DIDNT THINK THEY REALLY WOULD FIRE SCHIANO SEEING HE HAD THREE YEARS LEFT. I'M VERY EXCITED ABOUT NEXT YEAR .WE NEED ANOTHER QUATERBACK AT THE VERY LEAST TO COMPETE FOR THE JOB NOT SOLD ON GLENNON.(GREAT BACK UP)ALL THE CHOICES I HEARD ON GM SOUND GOOD SO NO WORRIES ABOUT THAT.KANSAS CITY DID IT THIS YEAR ,NEXT YEAR THAT WILL BE US.VERRY HAPPY "LETS GO BUCS"
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    Great hire, I'm VERY excited to have a legitimate coach on the sidelines again! I think Lovie know's he has some work to do on the offensive side. This is why he has already been thinking about an OC even before his hiring. Great news, Go Buc's!
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    good hire, should have hired marty shot last time but this time made the right hire oc tedford is fine maybe he made all them qbs look better than they were and that's why they failed he didn't coach them in the nfl, dc doesn't matter with lovie there, we need a qb will be tough at seven to draft one, on free agency tillman and allen on two or three year team friendly deals if they want to follow would almost make us good
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    @stone1 I don't know if you remember but when we fired Morris we were looking a Marty, but one of the reason I think we didn't hire him was because of his age which I think scared not only the Bucs away but other teams as well b/c they were looking for coaches with tread still on the tires.
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    The other intriguing factor is will some of the Bears' FAs follow Smith? What if he hires Frazier, who is hugely liked by his players. Will some want to follow him? Give me a proven NFL veteran any day over some drafted kid. Finally, someone with some composure on the sideline. Let's see who we get for GM. I am so happy and optimistic.
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    I would be THRILLED if it is finalized for certain that Lovie is back. Now, I'm crossing my fingers that we can pry Omar Khan from Pittsburgh to be our new GM and maybe Marinelli to be our DC. I'm a little concerned about Tedford being the new OC. He's suppose to be an offensive and quarterbacks guru (same was said about Billick in Minnesota before he came to Baltimore), but all but one of Tedford's pupils have been busts: Dilfer, Akili Smith, Kyle Boller, Joey Harrington, David Carr, Billy Volek... need I say more? The lone exception was Aaron Rodgers, and even then, he tweaked his mechanics with his coach in Green Bay. I love the Smith hiring, would love Khan and Marinelli too, but I'm not sold on Tedford. Same goes for Leslie Frazier as DC. He was a very solid defensive backs coach, but I'm not familiar with him as a standout DC. Overall though, I'm getting really excited about 2014. Welcome back Lovie!
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    Brace yourself for a few years of mediocrity and little offensive firepower. The Glazer Boys step in it again! Color me unexcited about this hire.
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    Very good news to hear. I believe he will now be the Coach that will bring us back to a winning team.
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    OK...Thats the HC, now we need a GM that knows talent and a GREAT OC. Welcome back Lovie !
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