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Reports: NFL’s Buccaneers to hire former Boise State coach Dirk Koetter

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) talks to offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter during a Buccaneers NFL football training camp in Tampa, Fla.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) talks to offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter during a Buccaneers NFL football training camp in Tampa, Fla. AP

Former Boise State head coach Dirk Koetter has been selected as the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, NFL.com reported Thursday.

Koetter was Boise State’s coach from 1998 to 2000, the beginning of the Broncos’ run of FBS success. He led the Broncos to their first two bowl appearances in 1999 and 2000, both wins.

Koetter hired assistant Dan Hawkins, who became the head coach from 2001 to 2005, and was the connection between Hawkins and offensive coordinator Chris Petersen, who became the head coach from 2006 to 2013. Koetter also coached Bryan Harsin, the Broncos’ head coach since 2014.

Koetter interviewed for the Boise State job when Petersen left at the end of the 2013 season but the school selected Harsin instead.

Koetter is from Pocatello. He played at Idaho State, which won a national title in 1981, and coached at Highland High, where he won a state title in 1984. He was the offensive coordinator at Oregon (1996-97) when he got the Boise State job.

He left Boise State to become the head coach at Arizona State (2001-06), then headed to the NFL as an offensive coordinator with the Jaguars (2007-11), Falcons (2012-14) and Buccaneers (2015).

The Bucs fired coach Lovie Smith after the 2015 season but wanted to keep Koetter because of his success working with rookie quarterback Jameis Winston, according to media reports.

At least three current NFL head coaches have worked at Boise State. Koetter joins John Fox of the Bears (Boise State assistant in 1980) and Chuck Pagano of the Colts (1987-88).

Koetter also was teammates with Bengals coach Marvin Lewis at Idaho State.

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