Timeline

April 24, 1974 -- Tampa Bay awarded a franchise.

Oct. 30, 1974 -- Philadelphia construction executive Tom McCloskey is named owner, but soon declines.

Dec. 5, 1974 -- Jacksonville attorney Hugh Culverhouse is awarded the franchise.

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Feb. 15, 1975 -- Buccaneers chosen as team nickname, handily beating out Sailors.

April 15, 1975 -- Orange, white and red team logo, designed by Tampa Tribune artist Lamar Sparkman, is introduced.

Oct. 31, 1975 -- John McKay named head coach.

Nov. 4, 1975 -- Bucs placed in AFC West Division, with agreement that they will move to NFC Central the next season.

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April 8, 1976 -- Defensive end Lee Roy Selmon drafted with Bucs' first pick.

Sept. 12, 1976 -- Bucs lose their first regular-season game (20-0 at Houston) and begin their record-setting 0-26 start.

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Dec. 11, 1977 -- Bucs win their first game, stunning New Orleans on the road 33-14.

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Jan. 3, 1979 -- Culverhouse buys out minority owner Marvin Warner, gaining full control of the team.

Dec. 16, 1979 -- Bucs win the division with a 3-0 victory over Kansas City, following with a 24-17 playoff win over Philadelphia.

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Jan. 6, 1980 -- Bucs lose to the Los Angeles Rams 9-0 in the NFC title game.

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Dec. 20, 1981 -- Bucs win another division title, beating Detroit 20-17.

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Jan. 22, 1983 -- Doug Williams helps Bucs erase a 17-point deficit to clinch their third playoff spot in a strike-shortened '82 season.

Nov. 6, 1983 -- After 0-9 start, tailback James Wilder rushes for 219 yards for Bucs' first win of a 2-14 season.

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Dec. 16, 1984 -- McKay coaches his last game as a Buc in a wild 41-21 victory over Jets.

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Jan. 23, 1985 -- Leeman Bennett named as team's new head coach (he will finish 2-14).

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Dec. 29, 1986 -- Bennett fired after going 4-28.

Dec. 31, 1986 -- Ray Perkins hired as head coach.

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Dec. 3, 1990 -- With a 5-8 mark, Perkins fired after three double-digit losing seasons.

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Feb. 4, 1991 -- After interim stint, Richard Williamson named head coach.

Dec. 27, 1991 -- Williamson fired after going 4-15.

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Jan. 10, 1992 -- Former Bengals head coach Sam Wyche hired as fifth Buc head coach.

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Aug. 25, 1994 -- Culverhouse dies of lung cancer at 75.

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Jan. 16, 1995 -- Bucs sold to Palm Beach investor Malcolm Glazer.

July 29, 1995 -- Defensive end Lee Roy Selmon becomes first (and only) Buc inducted in Hall of Fame.

Oct. 15, 1995 -- Bucs jump to 5-2 and move into sole possession of first place -- the first time in 14 years.

Dec. 27, 1995 -- Wyche fired after team finished 7-9, leaving with a 23-41 record.

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Jan. 22, 1996 -- Tony Dungy, Minnesota's defensive coordinator, is hired.

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April 9, 1997 -- Bucs unveil new logo and color scheme of pewter, red, black and orange.

Dec. 28, 1997 -- Bucs beat Detroit 20-10 in home playoff game, the final one at Houlihan's (formerly Tampa) Stadium.

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Sept. 20, 1998 -- Bucs open Raymond James Stadium with a win over Bears, 27-15.

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Jan. 2, 2000 -- Bucs win in Chicago to claim first NFC Central title since '81.

Jan. 23, 2000 -- After defeating Washington a week earlier, Bucs fall to St. Louis Rams 11-6 in NFC title game at the Trans World Dome.

Dec. 18, 2000 -- Bucs clinch second straight playoff berth with 38-35 win over the Rams on Monday Night Football.

Dec. 31, 2000 -- Eagles knocked Bucs out of playoffs 21-3 in a wild-card game.

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June 10, 2001 -- John McKay dies at 77 from kidney failure.

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Jan. 12, 2002 -- The Eagles freeze the Bucs again in the playoffs, 31-9, in the final Tampa Bay game coached by Dungy.

Jan. 14, 2002 -- Dungy dismissed after leading the Bucs to record of 54-42.

Feb. 18, 2002 -- Bucs end a chaotic five-week coaching search by hiring Jon Gruden from the Raiders, giving up their first- and second-round picks in 2002, a first-round pick in 2003 and a second-round pick in 2004. Also, the Bucs will pay the Raiders $8-million over a three-year period.

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Jan. 19 -- Bucs stun the Eagles 27-10 in Philadelphia to reach their first Super Bowl.