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Tampa- One day after announcing Lovie Smith as the Buccaneers tenth head coach in the franchise's history, Smith's coaching staff is gaining more clarity.
Former University of California head coach Jeff Tedford has accepted the role as offensive coordinator under a two-year contract. While according to ESPN, former Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier is set to become the Bucs' defensive coordinator.
Tedford will take over an offense that finished ranked dead last in the NFL. In 11 seasons at Berkley Tedford led the Golden Bears to seven bowl games and finished tied for first once in the Pac 12 Conference. He guided NFL stars Aaron Rodgers, Marshawn Lynch and DeSean Jackson while at Cal.
Frazier will head to Tampa Bay after 6 seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, 4 as their head coach. Frazier posted a record of 21-32-1 during his tenure. He was fired on Monday following a 5-10-1 season, and with Minnesota's defense ranked next to last in the league. Prior to being named head coach, Frazier served as the Vikings defensive coordinator.
Frazier like Smith was a one-time assistant under Tony Dungy. Smith cut his teeth in the NFL with Dungy in Tampa Bay as a linebackers coach from 1996-2000, Frazier was defensive assistant and assistant head coach during the Colts Super Bowl championship run in 2006.