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Ex-Buc Hovan joins USF as intern

Posted Jun 16, 2011 by Adam Adkins

Updated Jun 16, 2011 at 06:53 PM

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive lineman Chris Hovan popped up from time to time at USF football practices during the spring, but his face should be seen more regularly around campus after joining the Bulls in an official role.

Hovan has signed on as one of four volunteer interns under USF strength and conditioning coach Mike Golden, a position he’s expected to serve in for the next 12 months. According to a USF athletics spokesperson, Hovan will teach and mentor USF student athletes in all sports programs. The spokesperson added Hovan’s decision to join USF is fueled by his interest in becoming a certified strength and conditioning coach.

Hovan, 33, played for the Bucs from 2005-09, coming over from Minnesota after spending his first five seasons in the NFL with the Vikings, who selected him in the first round of the 2000 NFL draft out of Boston College. Hovan was signed by the St. Louis Rams for 2010 but spent the entire season on injured reserve.

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