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Chicago retains sought-after veteran on staff

Updated: January 27, 2006, 6:05 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

Reacting to requests from other franchises who sought to interview Bob Babich for higher-profile positions on their staff, the Chicago Bears on Friday promoted the veteran linebackers coach to assistant head coach/linebackers.

It was not immediately known if Babich received a contract extension or a raise as part of the promotion.

"He brings quite a bit to the table," Bears head coach Lovie Smith told the team's Web site. "It's a well-deserved promotion. Bob had an opportunity to go and ...

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