Lovie Poaches Bucs’ Staff

March 9th, 2016


Update: 2:12 Source below is backing off claim of a done deal, discussions still in progress.

The Bucs just took a kick in the groin from their former head coach.

Per the credible CoachingSearch.com, Lovie Smith, the new head coach of the University of Illinois, will snag Bucs running backs coach Tim Spencer for his new Illini staff.

Joe just talked to Spencer as the NFL Scouting Combine kicked off. Spencer was smiling and BS’ing with other Bucs coaches at the time. Clearly, Spencer was blessed by Dirk Koetter for 2016, but now he’s gone.

It’ll be interesting to see where Koetter turns for a running backs coach at this late hour.

No, Joe’s not going to speculate that Spencer is bailing because the Bucs are ditching Doug Martin. That’s just silly talk. This surely was about money. Isn’t nearly everything in football?

40 Responses to “Lovie Poaches Bucs’ Staff”

  1. Dewey Selmon Says:

    Is Ernest Graham available?

  2. BucFan20 Says:

    So long!

  3. Hunter Says:

    You already screwed us enough , go away

  4. Tom Edrington Says:

    Vary, vaaary disappointing….


  5. Stanglassman Says:

    It may not be why Spencer left but it can’t help our chances on getting Martin back either.

  6. cmurda Says:

    Cool, a whole lot of no news for the Bucs. I hope to read more about the moves we aren’t making right now.

  7. biff barker Says:

    If he saw a better opportunity with Lovie at a 2nd rate college program, then I’m glad he’s gone.

    Koetter will have contacts or maybe promote from within.

  8. salish_seamonster Says:

    I think this has no impact on Doug Martin. Just shows Tim Spencer is a “Lovie guy,” which doesn’t speak well for him. Willing to go down to a college job to join his old boss? Good riddance. It’s not ideal, but I don’t imagine Dirk will have too much trouble finding a new RB coach, probably better than SPencer.

  9. D-Rome Says:

    If he saw a better opportunity with Lovie at a 2nd rate college program, then I’m glad he’s gone.

    If he saw a better opportunity going to a college program rather than remaining with the Buccaneers, what does that tell you about this organization?

  10. JMN Says:

    Well good! Let Koetter bring in his guy.

  11. Bucsfanman Says:

    Geez! Are you guys that bitter?!
    It’s called money. Moo-lah. Dough. I don’t know, opportunities. Who cares what the reason is. Stop acting like jilted children. MOVING ON……..

  12. Mike Johnson Says:

    No loss really. Just like Lovie is looking out for his ole staff..Koetter is transplanting the ole Atlanta Falcons crew to Tampa. Its probably where his new RB coach will come from. Welcome home Tampa falcons south!

  13. salish_seamonster Says:

    D-Rome Says:
    March 9th, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    If he saw a better opportunity going to a college program rather than remaining with the Buccaneers, what does that tell you about this organization?

    It tells me nothing about the Bucs organization. It shows me his loyalties are with the incompetent Losie Smith. Good riddance.

  14. Supersam Says:

    Ernest Byner! Him and Keotter have a history in Jacksonville, he’s available! Go get him Keotter

  15. Buccfan37 Says:

    Rots of ruck.

  16. HIRE JIMBO Says:

    I took off work today thinking that this was going to be exciting. Guess not. I should have went to work

  17. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Spense wasn’t that good of a coach.

    Keep in mind, Martin came in to play for a contract. The other RBs did nothing at all.

  18. D-Rome Says:

    The other RBs did nothing at all.

    Uh huh….Charles Sims….did nothing for the Bucs other than lead the team in receiving touchdowns.

  19. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    The better opportunity at Illini may be that Spencer was offered the OC job at the U of I

  20. JGhoti86 Says:


    That’s awesome that you stayed home from work for this! Love it

  21. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    This may not have had anything to do with Martin, but it’s probably not great news for Martin and his desire to come back to Tampa. I would think it would be a negative to lose your RB coach on the day you will probably decide on what team to sign with. Of course, that assumes the Bucs weren’t too cheap to pay for Martin anyway. Maybe they will use this as an excuse.

  22. Tom T Says:

    Who cares?

  23. BucsFanaticinAZ Says:

    Schefter just tweeter we resigned Doug Martin! Yessssss

    5 yr- $35M ish

  24. D-Rome Says:

    Bucs resigned Doug Martin with a reasonable contract. It would have been moronic if they put the franchise tag on him.

  25. Couch Fan Says:

    There we go. Now maybe some people can relax with the craziness. Sheesh.

  26. Lord Says:

    lol so much for the painted in a corner freak out.

    Great contract with only 15 guaranteed.

  27. Pickgrin Says:

    See Ya – wouldn’t want to be ya Tim.

  28. mark2001 Says:

    When my sons school, UW Wisconsin, punks U of I like a third rate sandlot team, I’ll raise a glass and again ask myself….. What in the world did the Glazers see in that couch coach? For Illinois, this is business as usual. Illinois should be replaced in the Big 10/ 12 whatever with Northern Illinois….or maybe Illinois State. They have been a laughing stock since before the turn of this century….and just cemented that for another few years.

  29. BLITZ Says:

    Lovie is loyal and so are his coaches like spencer. This loyalty ended up hurting the team last year and ultimately led to his firing. He was given all chances to stay , but wouldn’t fire his son nor any other of his staff. Oh well..so long

  30. mark2001 Says:

    Blitz…mayb be loyal to his family and his coaches…but not to his players….When Winston was taking those cheap shots, Lovie stood like a statue on the sidelines. Lovie didn’t stand up for him…didn’t chew the refs up one side and down the other, while Winston took head shots…instead Jameis was criticized for being “emotional”…that was the last straw for me.

  31. Buxfan Says:

    Supersam, Beat me to it. Ernest(Bite the Ball) Byner. Thats the coach I wanted Lovie to keep when he came in.

  32. RustyRhinos Says:

    I really do hope Coach Kotter brings in his old RB coach, he was a buccanner coach with Mr. Martin. He was on Coach Schianos staff who am I?

  33. Trubucfan22 Says:

    Clearly he is a “lovie guy”. good riddence.

  34. Mike Johnson Says:

    You’re a cold man there Joe. A picture of my man Lovie Dubbie with the caption underneath..Thief! Funny as all out though. Thanks for the laugh bro.

  35. Bob in Valrico Says:

    @mike Johnson
    with the signing of Martin have you gone from guardedly pessimistic to
    mildly pessimistic yet? You can do it!

  36. Bob in Valrico Says:

    if we get Byner ,Lovie probably did us a favor.

  37. BigHogHaynes Says:

    DOUGI should have been signed weeks ago, maybe then Licth could have concentrated on signing a top tier D-Lineman! Let’s go BACK-STABBER sign somebody, anybody, this is looking shameful!

  38. The Rockstar Says:

    Mike Jenkins and Tim Jennings are available to fill out of Lovie’s staff, good luck and so long Coach Smith.

  39. Buccfan37 Says:

    I’ve flipped to pro Lovie. Nice guy, needed more time. Go Illinois! and Go Lovie! Everybody likes the underdog.

  40. satchseven Says:

    when jr sweezy gets jw hurt it could be karma for the hosing of lovie