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Lovie Smith, Buccaneers at National Championship Game

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Update: Lovie Smith was present at last night's college football championship game, as was running backs coach Tim Spencer, according to Roy Cummings.

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According to this article on NFL.com, the Buccaneers were not represented by scouts or front office personnel at the National Championship game last night.

Scouts from seven NFL clubs won a lottery for credentials to scout the College Football Playoff national championship game: the New York Jets, Minnesota Vikings, St. Louis Rams, Philadelphia Eagles, Houston Texans, Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers. No fewer than three general managers -- the Vikings' Rick Spielman, the Rams' Les Snead and the Texans' Rick Smith -- are expected to represent their respective clubs at the game.

Of course that doesn't mean the Bucs had no interest in any of the players on the field in the game. There's certainly plenty of draft eligible talent that was featured. The fact that they didn't win a lottery doesn't mean they didn't want to  be represented, nor does it mean that they didn't find some other way to be present.

It may indicate that the Buccaneers have enough film evidence and enough scouting data on these two teams and didn't really need another game of data.

I just find it odd that if there's a QB you're going to pick first overall playing in a championship setting - you'd want to see him perform live wouldn't you? UPDATE - They were there so...nevermind.

Updated to clarify the lottery.