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No sad goodbye to One Buc Place
By JOANNE KORTH
Published June 23, 2006
[Times photo: Carrie Pratt]
IN TRANSITION: Michael Pittman gets a haldoff from Chris Simms as the Bucs ended a minicamp Thursday on likely their last day ever at One Buc Place. A new facility is expected to be ready in mid-August.
TAMPA - The team wrapped up its three-day mandatory minicamp Thursday with what might have been its final practice at One Buc Place, its home of 31 years.
No one was sad.
When it breaks training camp in mid August, the team hopes to move directly into the state-of-the-art facility being built adjacent to Raymond James Stadium.
"I didn't see any tears shed when we got out of the old stadium and into the new one," coach Jon Gruden said. "This place has served its purpose. It helped us win a championship. We're very excited to move into the new facility and very appreciative of our owners."
Gruden teased he might return for future practices.
Defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin threatened to return as well.
"You know what, I have a couch in that back lounge area, and when we move to the new facility I'm going to come back over here and sleep at night," Kiffin said. "I'm so used to that couch. I don't want a new couch."
Tight end Dave Moore, entering his 13th season with the Bucs, was asked if he would miss anything about the antiquated facility, composed of cinder-block buildings and mobile trailers.
"Uh ... no," Moore said.
Guard Sean Mahan did not practice because of an ankle injury sustained a week ago. Also, cornerback Brian Kelly (toe) and rookie receiver Maurice Stovall (ankle) did not practice. Rookie tight end T.J. Williams left early with a right leg injury.