A decade old story made its rounds last week surrounding Bucs’ offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter and problems that occurred under his watch as head coach at Arizona State University. The issues surrounded several players ranging from death threats to sexual assault. It first popped up following their November 22 matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles on social media before it surfaced again early last week causing media publications to pick up on it.
A big deal was made about it because of the potential that Koetter can become Tampa Bay’s next head coach, leaving several wanting answers — 12 years after the issues happened. TheBayCave.com has an answer to one of the main questions: Does the team know?
The answer: Yes.
Early Monday morning, TBC learned the team was already aware of what happened to the players coached by Koetter at ASU. In fact, they learned about it during the hiring process last year for the offensive coordinator position. This validates that this story is pretty much “old news” as it is also likely that Koetter’s previous two teams — the Jacksonville Jaguars and Atlanta Falcons — were aware of it too. They had no issues with him then and perhaps other teams who looked to interview him.
This stands as a moot point for the Tampa Bay franchise to have to include this as part of their head coaching search. Remember, general manager Jason Licht came out and said Koetter is a strong candidate. It’s quite possible he wouldn’t be if they found any issues with what happened at ASU. But it’s obvious there is no issue. Those wanting answers to something from so long ago may not get any more than that as there is no need to rehash something teams were already well in front of.
Koetter still appears to be the front runner to be named as the next head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. TBC feels he will be named the head coach as early as this week after NFL meetings. Former general manager Mark Dominik also chimed in on the subject and feels it can happen Wednesday. The audio below was provided to us by our friends at SiriusXM NFL Radio.