The Bucs have lost another defensive coach to the college ranks.
The Bucs have released linebackers coach Joe Barry from his contract so he can rejoin former defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin at USC, where Barry will coach linebackers.
Bucs defensive backs coach Joe Baker will take Barry's position and coach linebackers for the Bucs. Baker coached linebackers with the Denver Broncos.
The Bucs have hired former assistant Jimmy Lake as a defensive backs coach.
The moves were announced at the Senior Bowl by general manager Mark Dominik. Barry met with Dominik and indicated a desire to return to USC, where he was a player and an assistant coach.
"It was a tough decision, especially leaving Tampa,'' Barry said. "Our family loves living here. The fans have been unbelieveable. We've had some good times, obviously, with the Super Bowl year, and we've kicked a lot of (butt). Even though last year was difficult, it was still special to be able to walk out onto Raymond James every Sunday.''
"But (USC) made me an offer I couldn't refuse. I think SC couldn't have hired a better head coach to replace Pete Carroll than Lane Kiffin, and with Monte there, and the fact that I played there and my first coaching job was there, it just was the right thing for me and my family.''
The Bucs are still interviewing candidates for two vacancies on the staff -- quarterbacks coach and wide receivers coach. The Bucs decided not to renew the contract of receivers coach Richard Mann. Dominik said Tuesday that the team had decided to go in another direction at that position.
He indicated they are considering coaches from college football, the NFL and possibly former players such as wide receivers Ike Hilliard and Keenan McCardell.
Former Bucs defensive coordinator Jim Bates was released from his contract.
-- RICK STROUD, Times Staff Writer