Former Bucs coach Wyche awaiting heart transplant

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Sam Wyche is in a Charlotte hospital awaiting a heart transplant. According to his website, Wyche is in the care of Carolinas Medical Center’s Dickson Heart Unit.

“If there is no match for a donor heart in the next few days, I will need to have an LVAD (Left Ventricular Assist Device, which is an artificial heart pump) implanted below my heart until a donor heart can be obtained,” states

Wyche, 71, coached the Buccaneers from 1992-1995 after helping lead the Cincinnati Bengals to the Super Bowl in 1988. He drafted Warren Sapp, Derrick Brooks and John Lynch for the Bucs, cornerstones to the franchise's only Super Bowl championship in the 2002 season.

Wyche told WYFF in a phone interview “I’m doing fine. I’m in good spirits, eating good.”

According to, Wyche is classified 1A, meaning he is next in line for a match for his blood type and body size.


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