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Bears Thu Jan 14 2010

U of Tennessee courting Bears' Lovie? Not so fast...

With the management in Halas Hall still bunkered down and courting numerous potential offensive coordinators and potential tight end coaches, the plundering ranks of big money college football might be eyeing up one Lovie Smith. I'm gonna go ahead and file that story under "spurious rumor" for now, but --Lovie's pleasantly plump and owed contract for the next two years aside-- the deal does make some sense: Smith worked in Knoxville in the 90s, he's been maligned by the media and fans for a few seasons now, there will be more "seasoning" and "lessons learned" next season whilst the new OC and DC implement new schemes leaving the squad and fans to wonder if "transition season numero dos" is coming up. Lovie's not going anywhere with the money he's owed by the team and this rumor smacks more of the desperate straits the University of Tennessee is in after Lane Kiffin jumped ship, still, Lovie is a "hot" commodity? Go figure.

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