UPDATE: Buccaneers' quarterbacks coach Mike Bajakian spoke to Volquest.com's John Brice on Firday about the process in accepting the Bucs' offer. Bajakian tells Brice he decided to join Tampa Bay's staff earlier in the week (Sunday) and Lovie Smith played a role in that decision. For now, it appears Bajakian may not take the position at Central Michigan if offered:
"Since it first came up (Sunday), it planted a seed. It was exciting to examine and very attractive to me, but I was torn. It was an emotional four days for me and my wife. I have ... There were times I said to myself I'm definitely taking this job, and there were times I said to myself I'm crazy for doing it. Every time I kept weighting the pros and cons, was I staying or going, and I kept looking at the Bucs organization and obviously I was with Lovie Smith in Chicago, and the thing that kept coming back to me is that the best thing is to take this opportunity. But it's been an incredibly emotional four days."Original Story
Just when the Bucs get their quarterbacks coach after hours of uncertainty on Thursday, it appears that Mike Bajakian will never end up in Tampa Bay even after agreeing to terms.
News broke early Thursday from several outlets that the University of Tennessee offensive coordinator would be leaving the school and re-join head coach Lovie Smith in Tampa. The team would later send out a release saying they have named Bajakian the new quarterbacks coach. However, a report published early Friday afternoon on SI.com says Bajakian remains a candidate to become the head coach of Central Michigan:
Possible candidates to succeed (Dan) Enos include new Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterbacks coach Mike Bajakian and Tennessee receivers coach and recruiting coordinator Zach Azzanni. Bajakian had been Tennessee’s offensive coordinator, but accepted his new gig Thursday before he knew Central Michigan’s job was opening.
Bajakian remains interested in succeeding Enos and is eager to talk with Central Michigan officials, according to a source. He was an assistant at Central Michigan twice, as the quarterbacks coach from 2002-03 and as the offensive coordinator under then-Chippewas coach Butch Jones from ’07-09 after three years in the NFL.
The report states the school is looking to name a head coach in the next two weeks. Bajakian's ties to CMU certainly have made him a finalist in taking over the head coaching vacancy.
The Bucs have had some misfortunes in recent years when it comes to coaches joining the organization as well as several others that have not worked out. If this report holds true, add Bajakian to the list which continues to grow.
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