For those who like really big pieces of sports memorabilia, consider this: Lovie Smith's Tampa estate just hit the market at $4.8 million.
The six-bedroom, six-bath home of the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach sits on 13 acres in an enclave of just four estate properties in the gated Tampa Palms community. Built in 2002, the 10,146-square-foot house has his-and-her offices, a media room, a family room with a two-sided fireplace, a heated pool and spa and a putting green. Guest accommodations include a cabana/guest house with a kitchen and a "guest tower" suite.
Smith bought the house under the name of his wife, MaryAnn, for $3.475 million in 2014. That was the year he became the Bucs' short-lived head coach; he was fired in January 2016 after running up an 8-24 career record. He's now the head football coach at the University of Illinois.
Smith's predecessor, Greg Schiano, also was fired and sold his Culbreath Isles home last year for $6.625 million. That remains the second-largest residential sale ever in Hillsborough County.
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