It wasn’t just the warm weather, palm trees and a Top 10 offense that helped the Bucs lure former Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians out of retirement.

The Bucs got some help from another former Tampa Bay coach. No it wasn’t Greg, Schiano, Tony Dungy or Jon Gruden. In fact it wasn’t even a former football coach, but instead one who led his team to a World Series appearance.

Former Rays manager and current Cubs clubhouse leader Joe Maddon was a big part of the recruitment of Arians to the Bucs. Maddon called the Ronnie and TKras show on 95.3 WDAE on Wednesday and talked about his influence.

Listen to the full interview below and make sure to follow 95.3 WDAE all year long for the best sports and Bucs coverage in the Tampa Bay area.

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Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]


  1. Sorry – I know he’s probably popular in Tampa but lost all respect for this guy when he intentionally walked Bryce Harper 13 (!) times in a 4 game series against the Cubs….IN MAY!!!!!! If he thinks that’s good strategy, and not ruining the game of baseball, he needs to look in the mirror a little more closely.

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