26 Facts About Lovie Smith


Lovie Lee Smith was born on May 8,1958 and is an American football coach who is the head coach of the Houston Texans of the National Football League.

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Lovie Smith played college football at University of Tulsa under head coach John Cooper.

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Lovie Smith was a two-time All-American at linebacker and defensive back.

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Lovie Smith was hired as defensive coordinator at his Big Sandy alma mater in 1980.

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In 1983, Lovie Smith began coaching linebackers on the college level, first at his alma mater the University of Tulsa, and then at University of Wisconsin–Madison, Arizona State University, and the University of Kentucky.

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Lovie Smith served as defensive backs coach at the University of Tennessee, and Ohio State University.

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Lovie Smith began his NFL coaching career as a linebacker coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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Lovie Smith won the Associated Press NFL Coach of the Year Award that year.

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Lovie Smith stood by Grossman, stating "Rex is our quarterback" when questioned by the media.

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Lovie Smith became the first Black head coach to lead his team to a Super Bowl, just hours before Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy, his good friend and mentor, became the second.

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Lovie Smith declared Kyle Orton as the team's starting quarterback, who started the season with an upset victory over the Indianapolis Colts.

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Lovie Smith was pleased with the success of rookie running back Matt Forte and quarterback Kyle Orton, who finished the season with a 79.

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Lovie Smith was reunited with his long-time friend, Rod Marinelli, who had lost his head coaching job with the Detroit Lions.

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The loss marked the first time that the Bears under Lovie Smith had ever lost two games to Green Bay in a single season.

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Lovie Smith finished the season with consecutive wins against the Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions.

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Lovie Smith was relieved of his defensive play-calling responsibilities, while Babich was officially demoted as the team's defensive coordinator.

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Lovie Smith departed the Bears with nine years of service, three playoff appearances, one Coach of the Year award, and one Super Bowl appearance.

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Lovie Smith was hired as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 10th head coach in franchise history on Monday, January 7,2014.

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On March 7,2016, Lovie Smith was named head coach for the University of Illinois, agreeing to a contract paying $21 million over six years.

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When Lovie Smith's contract was approved by the university's Board of Trustees at their September 2016 meeting, $2 million of the salary was moved from the last two years of the contract and made payable in earlier years.

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Lovie Smith was hired on March 10,2021, by the Houston Texans as their associate head coach and defensive coordinator under head coach David Culley, marking Lovie Smith's first time in the NFL since 2015, when he served as head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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Lovie Smith previously interviewed for the Texans' head coaching job back in December 2013 before they hired Penn State head coach and former New England Patriots assistant Bill O'Brien on January 3,2014.

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Lovie Smith, whose mother is blind because of diabetes, is an active supporter of the American Diabetes Association.

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Lovie Smith was the Grand Marshal for the USG Sheetrock 400 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway on July 15,2007.

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Lovie Smith is a devout Christian and has contributed every month to Brown's Chapel, his former Methodist church in Texas.

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In 2012, Lovie Smith was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, along with Bubba Lovie Smith, Dave Parks, Andre Ware, Mack Brown and Fred Couples.

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