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Bucs blocked again in search for staff assistant
Posted Feb 11, 2012 by Roy Cummings
Updated Feb 11, 2012 at 01:42 PM
BY ROY CUMMINGS
The Tampa Tribune
TAMPA – Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano has run into yet another roadblock in his quest to build a staff of assistants.
The San Francisco 49ers have denied the Bucs an opportunity to speak to defensive backs coach Ed Donatell about their vacant defensive coordinator’s position, according to an NFL.com report.
The denial marks at least the third time since Schiano took over as Bucs coach that he has been denied the opportunity to speak to a potential coordinator candidate.
The Bucs were previously denied opportunities to speak to Arizona Cardinals receivers coach John McNulty and Green Bay Packers tight ends coach Ben McAdoo about their offensive coordinator’s job.
News of the latest refusal comes less than a day after the Bucs named former New York Giants quarterbacks coach Mike Sullivan their offensive coordinator. It may also be an indication of the team’s plans for former University of Miami coach Butch Davis.
Davis has agreed in principle on a contract with the Bucs that calls for him to join Schiano’s staff as a special assistant to Schiano, and the team’s interest in Donatell is a sign Davis may only serve the Bucs in an advisory role.
Davis was most recently the head coach at the University of North Carolina, which fired him last July during an NCAA investigation into claims of academic misconduct and illicit player-agent relations.
Because Davis was fired “without cause,” he immediately became entitled to a $2,703,500 buyout package that he would forfeit were he to accept another college or pro coaching job.
The buyout calls for Davis to receive payments of $590,000 on Jan. 15 in 2013, 2014 and 2015, UNC officials said.