Bears' Urlacher mourns mother's death

Bears' Urlacher mourns mother's death

CHICAGO, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher left Chicago for Texas after the unexpected death his mother, team officials said.
Bears give Lovie Smith contract extension

Bears give Lovie Smith contract extension

INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Lovie Smith has agreed to a two-year contract extension with the Chicago Bears, keeping him with the NFL club through the 2013 season, the team said Friday.

Bears seek to extend Smith's contract

CHICAGO, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- The Chicago Bears want to extend the contact of Coach Lovie Smith, the team's general manager said Monday.

Bears QB Cutler to return after concussion

CHICAGO, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler will return for the team's next game after sustaining a concussion, Coach Lovie Smith said Monday.
Martz is Bears' new offensive coordinator

Martz is Bears' new offensive coordinator

LAKE FOREST, Ill., Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Former St. Louis Rams Coach Mike Martz has been named offensive coordinator of the Chicago Bears, the Bears announced Monday.
Bears seeking to fill coordinator posts

Bears seeking to fill coordinator posts

CHICAGO, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Sources say Chicago Bears Coach Lovie Smith will hold interviews with two candidates for the NFL team's vacant defensive and offensive coordinator positions.
Marinelli joins staff of Chicago Bears

Marinelli joins staff of Chicago Bears

LAKE FOREST, Ill., Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Rod Marinelli, who was fired after his Detroit Lions became the first 0-16 team in NFL history, has joined the coaching staff of the Chicago Bears.

Bears lose Vasher for Vikings game

LAKE FOREST, Ill., Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Chicago cornerback Nathan Vasher will miss the Bears' game against the Minnesota Vikings Sunday because of a fractured right hand and a right thumb injury.
Report: Orton may be out up to a month

Report: Orton may be out up to a month

CHICAGO, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Chicago Bears quarterback Kyle Orton could be sidelined up to a month with an ankle injury, the Chicago Tribune reported Monday.

Grossman gets contract offer from Bears

CHICAGO, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Quarterback Rex Grossman may remain with the Chicago Bears another year as the NFL team has offered the up-and-down player a one-year contract.

Grossman will start for Bears

LAKE FOREST, Ill., Nov. 14 (UPI) -- Rex Grossman is back at starting quarterback for the Chicago Bears, Coach Lovie Smith announced Wednesday.

'Tank' Johnson sentenced to 4 months

SKOKIE, Ill., March 15 (UPI) -- A Cook County, Ill., judge Thursday sentenced Chicago Bears defensive lineman Terry "Tank" Johnson to 120 days in the County Jail for parole violations.

Bears coach signs contract extension

LAKE FOREST, Ill., Feb. 28 (UPI) -- Lovie Smith, who guided his team to the 2006 NFC championship, signed a four-year contract extension with the Chicago Bears Wednesday.

Lovie Smith at odds with Chicago Bears

CHICAGO, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Head Coach Lovie Smith took the Chicago Bears to the Super Bowl last month but reports are circulating that Smith will be out after next season. Smith, the lowest paid head coach in the NFL, said he was certain a long-term contract would be worked out but

Babich made Bears defensive coordinator

CHICAGO, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Bob Babich, who was an assistant head coach for Chicago last season, has been tabbed the Bears' defensive coordinator, the NFL team said Tuesday.
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Lovie Smith
St. Louis Rams defensive coordinator Lovie Smith has been hired by the Chicago Bears as their new head coach on January 15, 2004. Smith gets a four-year deal replacing Dick Jauron who was fired on December 29. (UPI Photo/HO)

Lovie Lee Smith (born May 8, 1958(1958-05-08)) is the head coach of the Chicago Bears professional football team of the NFL. Smith has been to the Super Bowl twice, as the defensive coordinator for the 2001 Saint Louis Rams and as the head coach for the Chicago Bears in 2006.

Lovie Smith was born in Gladewater and raised in Big Sandy, Texas. He was named after his great aunt, Lavana. During Smith's high school career in Big Sandy, he earned all-state honors for three years as a defensive end and linebacker. His team won three consecutive state championships in 1973-75, including a 0–0 tie in 1974 versus Celina High School of legendary coach G. A. Moore. In 1975, Big Sandy had one of the most dominant seasons in high school football history, as the defense allowed only 15 points (11 shutouts) all season, while the offense, featuring eventual Miami Dolphins running back David Overstreet, scored a then-national record 824 points.

Smith played college football at University of Tulsa under head coach John Cooper. He was a two-time All-American at linebacker and safety. After graduation he immediately pursued a coaching career. He was hired as defensive coordinator at his hometown high school in 1980. A year later he left to coach at Cascia Hall Preparatory School in Tulsa. By 1983, he began coaching linebackers on the college level, first at his alma mater Tulsa (1983–86), and then at University of Wisconsin–Madison (1987), Arizona State University (1988–91), and the University of Kentucky (1992). He also served as defensive backs coach at the University of Tennessee (1993–94), and Ohio State University (1995).

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