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Jags hire Doug Marrone as coach, bring back Tom Coughlin as VP

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The Jacksonville Jaguars have a new boss. Two of them, in fact. The Jags hired Doug Marrone as head coach and announced the return of Tom Coughlin as Executive Vice President in Charge of Football Operations. The team is hopeful the combination can turn the Jags around. “I have confidence that one day soon we’ll look back on today’s news as the moment that inspired and ultimately established the Jacksonville Jaguars as a football team that wins, week to week…

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Magic reach an agreement to hire Frank Vogel as coach

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The Orlando Magic are under new management. It didn’t take long after the resignation of coach Scott Skiles to find his replacement in former Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel, who the Orlando Sentinel reported have reached an agreement in principle. The Magic had to move quickly. The Memphis Grizzlies, Houston Rockets ad New York Knicks all had an interest in Vogel, 42. In six seasons in Indiana, Vogel had a record of 250-181. He reached the playoffs in five of…

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Orlando Magic head coach Scott Skiles resigns after one year

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The Orlando Magic appear to be starting over. The Magic, improved but not of playoff calibre this season, were stunned Thursday when head coach Scott Skiles resigned after only one season on the job. The Magic says it will start a search immediately, although there have been no candidates officially named yet. “After much thought and careful consideration, I and I alone, have come to the conclusion that I am not the right head coach for this team,” said Skiles.…

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Illinois set to hire former Bucs’ coach Lovie Smith to lead program

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The slow start. The bad finish. All the penalties. The eight wins in two seasons. The wasted money in free agency. Evidently, the University of Illinois wasn’t paying attention to any of it. The Illini are set to hire former Tampa Bay Bucs‘ head coach Lovie Smith, who was dismissed after his team’s 6-10 finish this season. Illinois fired coach Tom Cubit in anticipation of the move on the first day of new athletic director’s Josh Whitman’s tenure. Smith did…

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Can you imagine Nick Saban leaving Alabama for Bucs?

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You can imagine him pulling into the parking lot at Raymond James Stadium, his trophies lined up on his car like hood ornaments. You can imagine him waving to what there is of the crowd, his championship rings glistening in the sun. You can imagine him treating the Atlanta Falcons like a rivalry on par with Auburn. Nick Saban, Bucs‘ coach. Can you imagine? Both Tom Jones of the Tampa Bay Times and Martin Fennelly of The Tampa Tribune can.…

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Should Hurricanes be interested in Texas coach Charlie Strong?

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Despite public denials, speculation continues to link Texas coach Charlie Strong to the University of Miami. Should the Hurricanes be interested? In less than two years at Texas, Strong is only 9-11. He also is the third-highest-paid in America with the Longhorns, making more than twice as much as former Hurricanes’ coach Al Golden. Both of those would lessen his appeal. The Miami Herald is the latest publication to say that Strong is interested. The newspaper also said that Cincinnati…

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Former Tampa Bay Bucs coach Richard Williamson dies at 74

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He was only here for a moment. For Richard Williamson, it must have felt like an eternity. Williamson, the former Tampa Bay Bucs’ coach, died Wednesday at the age of 74. He coached the Bucs from the end of the ’90 season through 1991, frustrating seasons that he could not stop. Williamson was 4-15 in his time in charge of the Bucs. His tenure came in the middle of a long streak of losing seasons for Tampa Bay. He followed…

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