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Saturday, February 2, 2013
NFC South programming notes

By Pat Yasinskas

NEW ORLEANS -- I’m about to head over to take part in the meeting to select the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2013.

By late afternoon, we’ll find out if former Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Warren Sapp and former Carolina Panthers linebacker Kevin Greene made the cut and I’ll have analysis if the NFC South has a new Hall of Famer (or two).

And there is one bit of news I want to touch on before I run. The Bucs reportedly have hired Dave Waanstedt to coach their special teams. Wannstedt's history is as a defensive coordinator, but he did handle special teams while he was the head coach at the University of Pittsburgh. Wannstedt also has plenty of NFL experience. He's been a defensive coordinator for several teams and also was a head coach for the Chicago Bears and Miami Dolphins. Wannstedt hired Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano as a defensive assistant when he was in Chicago.

In the meantime, please keep checking back here. I have another item scheduled to post in a few hours to help pass the time while I’m in the meeting. If any news happens between now and the end of the meeting, I’ll weigh in on it when we get to a break.

Also, it could be a busy night in the NFC South as all the major awards are announced. I’d say Carolina linebacker Luke Kuechly has a good shot to win Defensive Rookie of the Year. Tampa Bay running back Doug Martin is probably a long shot to win Offensive Rookie of the Year because he’s up against some big-name quarterbacks. Atlanta’s Mike Smith might get some votes for Coach of the Year, but he also probably is a long shot.

If there are any award winners from the NFC South tonight, I’ll put my spin on it soon after the announcement is made.