Friday, December 15, 2017
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Report: Tampa Bay Buccaneers add assistant after odd events

The Bucs are expected to add several of coach Greg Schiano's assistants at Rutgers to their coaching staff in the coming days, and the first one appears to already be on board.

After a bizarre series of events last week, former Rutgers receivers coach P.J. Fleck is headed to Tampa Bay to coach receivers, ESPN­Chicago.com reported. Fleck, 31, had joined Northern Illinois last week as offensive coordinator, but he resigned Friday, one day after being named.

Fleck coached under Schiano at Rutgers for the past two seasons. Before that, he was receivers coach at Northern Illinois, where he also played receiver.

Other Rutgers assistants are expected to join the Bucs. They include defensive backs coach Jeff Hafley, offensive coordinator/QB coach Frank Cignetti, defensive line coach/defensive coordinator Bob Fraser, and strength coach Jay Butler.

honors: Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers won the Associated Press NFL MVP award, earning 48 votes. Saints quarterback Drew Brees got the other two votes. The 49ers' Jim Harbaugh was named coach of the year, getting 45 votes. The Packers' Mike McCarthy got three votes, and the Broncos' John Fox got two. Brees (43 votes) is offensive player of the year; Ravens linebacker linebacker Terrell Suggs (21) won defensive honors. Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (21) beat out Browns linebacker D'Qwell Jackson of Seminole for comeback player.

usf assistant leaves for dolphins: USF receivers coach Phil McGeoghan officially was named Miami assistant receivers coach. He said leaving after three seasons "was very, very tough. A very emotional time.''

ex-buc barry to chargers: Joe Barry, a Bucs assistant in 2001-06 and 2009, was hired as San Diego's linebackers coach. He spent the past two seasons as linebackers coach at Southern California.

Times staff writers Rick Stroud and Greg Auman contributed to this report, which used information from Times wires.

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