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Morris named Bucs defensive coordinator



It didn't take long for the Bucs to settle on Monte Kiffin's replacement.

The Bucs made some holiday news today by naming defensive backs coach Raheem Morris as Kiffin's successor, filling their biggest vacancy before it actually opened. Kiffin will join his son on the staff of the University of Tennessee after the season but plans to coach until the Bucs' final game.

Morris, 32, was expected to be a candidate for numerous coordinator positions around the league, making this preemptive move a wise one for the Bucs. But here's an interesting point to consider: The Bucs still can't bar Morris from interviewing for a head-coaching post if a team is interested, a distinct possibility. Teams cannot prohibit assistants from interviewing for such positions, unlike assistant coach posts.

For the Bucs, it's a good move in terms of continuity. Morris has learned under Kiffin for years and is a close friend and protege of former Bucs assistant Mike Tomlin, currently the Steelers' head coach.

We'll have more, including reaction, as the day goes on.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:20pm]


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