Bucs’ Spencer May Be Joining Smith’s Staff At Illinois

By Mark Cook

Like Dan Akroyd and John Belushi in the movie The Blues Brothers, former Bucs head coach Lovie Smith appears to be trying to put the band back together. Unfortunately it may come at the expense of the Buccaneers.

Smith the new head coach at Illinois, where ironically Jake And Elwood Blues’ classic 1980 film was set, has reportedly offered Bucs running backs coach Tim Spencer the job.

According to the latest from CoachingSearch.com, Spencer is currently weighing his options.

Smith has already hired former Bucs linebackers coach Hardy Nickerson to be his defensive coordinator, and former Bucs wide receivers coach Andrew Hayes-Stoker will handle the same duty for Smith again according to reports.

Spencer and Smith’s coaching relationship goes back more than 10 years, as Spencer joined Smith’s Bears staff in 2004 and was with him until Smith was let go by the Glazers this past January.

Spencer oversaw the Bucs running game return to prominence in 2015 as Doug Martin, who is currently a free agent, rushed for 1,402 yards, and he and fellow back Charles Sims combined to be one of the NFL’s best one-two punch, putting up a total of 2,763 yards on the ground and through the air.

Smith reportedly has a $4 million pool for assistants at Illinois and Spencer could be in for a nice raise. Of course the holdup on making it official might be the Bucs offering a raise for Spencer to stay, and also the fact that Spencer’s son, Evan, is currently on the Bucs roster.

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Source:: Pewter Report