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Bulls hire Brian Jean-Mary to head up defense under Strong

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New Bulls coach Charlie Strong has announced Brian Jean-Mary as the man to help with the heavy lifting with the Bulls. Jean-Mary, USF’s new assistant head coach-defensive coordinator, takes over the Bulls’ defense, which was ranked No. 120 this season. Every team but North Illinois scored at least 20 on USF in their 11-2 season. Jean-Mary is an 18-year coaching veteran who served on Strong’s staff at Texas for the past three seasons as the Longhorns’ linebackers coach and recruiting…

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New Bucs’ coordinator Mike Smith wants to limit points

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Only nine teams gave up less yardage than the Tampa Bay Bucs in 2015. However, 25 gave up fewer points. For new defensive coordinator Mike Smith, that’s where the battle lies. “Ultimately, as a defensive coach, you’re going to be judged on how many points you give up,” Smith said in his opening news conference Thursday. “That’s the bottom line. It’s not yards, it’s not rushing yards, it’s not passing yards, it’s not sacks – ultimately, it’s about keeping them…

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