Bucs Sources Indicate Wyche Will Be Coach

Posted: January 10, 1992

Former Cincinnati Bengals coach Sam Wyche has accepted an offer to coach the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and could be introduced late this afternoon as the fifth head coach in franchise history, according to team sources.

He will sign a long-term contract worth about $550,000 per season and will keep Floyd Peters as his defensive coordinator to maintain some continuity, according to a report in the Orlando Sentinel.

Bucs owner Hugh Culverhouse chose Wyche, who positioned the Bengals 34 seconds from a Super Bowl championship in 1988, over former Philadelphia Eagles coach Buddy Ryan, San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Mike Holmgren and Peters, the Bucs' defensive coordinator in 1991.

Bucs official Stephen Story would not deny that an offer was made to Wyche.

Wyche, 47, left the Bengals after completing a 3-13 season, the worst in his eight seasons there. The conditions of his departure were uncertain. Wyche claimed he was fired; general manager Mike Brown said the coach resigned.

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The Green Bay Packers have offered their head-coaching job to San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Mike Holmgren, Holmgren's agent said last night.

"We have a firm contract offer from the Green Bay Packers," said Bob LaMonte. "But," he added, "it's far from a done deal."

LaMonte would not say if Holmgren, who has talked to at least four other teams about their jobs, had any other offers or was still talking to other teams.

The Packers fired coach Lindy Infante on Dec. 22.

Vikings running back Herschel Walker was added to the Ottawa Rough Riders negotiation list, and Bernie Glieberman, the Canadian Football League team's owner, said he would make a big effort to sign him.

Bill Lewis, who brought East Carolina a bowl victory and a No. 9 ranking, was named the American Football Coaches Association Division I-A Coach of the Year.

Lewis, who recently resigned at East Carolina to take the coaching job at Georgia Tech, led the Pirates to an 11-1 record, including a 37-34 victory over North Carolina State in the Peach Bowl.

Other AFCA awards went to Jim Tressel of Youngstown State, university division I-AA Coach of the Year; Chuck Broyles, Pittsburg (Kan.) State,

college division I Coach of the Year, and Jim Butterfield, Ithaca (N.Y.),

college division II Coach of the Year.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Los Angeles Raiders quarterback Todd Marinovich after his failure to appear for an arraignment on a misdemeanor disturbance charge, court officials in Torrance, Calif., said.

South Bay Municipal Judge Thomas Sokolov issued the warrant on Wednesday and set bail at $2,500. Marinovich, 22, was cited on Halloween night in nearby Manhattan Beach, authorities said.

HOCKEY

The Ottawa Senators will play in the Adams Division and the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Norris Division, the NHL announced.

The addition of the expansion clubs next season will bring the number of NHL teams to 24, broken into four six-team divisions. The Senators will join Montreal, Boston, Quebec, Hartford and Buffalo; the Lightning will join Detroit, St. Louis, Chicago, Minnesota and Toronto.

Under the revised NHL schedule, teams will play 35 games (seven each) against those within the division, 21 games (either three or four) against teams from the other division in the conference and 24 games against teams

from the other conference.

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