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Leslie Frazier To Join Bucs Staff As Defensive Coordinator


One day after saying former University of California coach Jeff Tedford will become Lovie Smith’s offensive coordinator, a Bucs source with knowledge of the transactions confirmed Friday that former Vikings coach Leslie Frazier will become Smith’s defensive coordinator.

Frazier, who was fired last week after a three-year run with the Vikings in which he compiled a 21-32-1 record, first revealed the news himself in a text to ESPN’s Josina Anderson.

Frazier, 54, replaces Bill Sheridan, who served as former Bucs coach Greg Schiano’s defensive coordinator for two years before being fired this week along with the rest of Schiano’s assistants.

Frazier is returning to a post he first held with the Bengals from 2003-04 and held again from 2007-10 with the Vikings, who made Frazier their interim head coach for the last six games of the 2010 season.

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