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Wannstedt Expected to Join Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Staff

Feb. 3, 2013

Roy Cummings

TAMPA -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano broke into the NFL coaching ranks as an assistant under Dave Wannstedt in Chicago in 1996. Now, Wannstedt will assist Schiano.

Wannstedt, who was fired last month as Buffalo's defensive coordinator, agreed to terms on a deal to be the Bucs special teams coordinator, according to an NFL source with knowledge of the transaction.

The Bucs have not officially announced the hiring of Wannstedt or the fate of 2012 special teams coordinator Bob Ligashesky.

Wannstedt would be at least the second former NFL head coach on Schiano's staff, joining former Cleveland Browns coach Butch Davis, who is a special assistant to Schiano.

Wannstedt coached the Bears from 1993-98. in 1999, he ran the Miami Dolphins defense and then served as Miami's head coach from 2000-2004, building a 42-31 regular-season record.

Wannstedt was fired after a 1-8 start in 2004 and returned to the college ranks a year later at the University of Pittsburgh, where he faced Schiano and Big East rival Rutgers until 2010. Wannstedt returned to the NFL as an assistant head coach and linebackers coach with the Bills in 2011 and became the defensive coordinator in 2012.

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