Gruden, Nolan to coach Senior Bowl teams

Updated: January 5, 2007, 6:45 PM ET
Associated Press

MOBILE, Ala. -- Tampa Bay's Jon Gruden and San Francisco's Mike Nolan and their staffs will coach the Senior Bowl on Jan. 27.

Gruden and the Bucs' staff will direct the North team, while Nolan and his assistants will lead the South for the second straight year.

Gruden coached the South in 2005.

"We are extremely excited about the opportunity to work with and coach the nation's elite senior players," Buccaneers general manager Bruce Allen said.

"I think coaching the Senior Bowl is a great opportunity and a blessing for the entire San Francisco 49ers organization," Nolan said. "It's the best way to evaluate players that I've come to know. I think it's an exciting game, and it's an exciting bunch of players."

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