by Steve Carney
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Since coming to Tampa Bay, Rays manager Joe Maddon has always maintained a connection with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers coaching staff and front office.  Saturday, he learned of another tie binding him to the new regime over at One Buc Place.

While attending the DeBartolo Foundation gala at Peter O. Knight Airport on Davis Islands Saturday night, Maddon said he was able to meet both new Bucs head coach Lovie Smith as well as new general manager Jason Licht.  It was with Licht that he found a new connection.

"His wife is a Lafayette girl, you know," Maddon said.  "She lived in the same dorm that I did at one point, which would have been South College.  And how about even furthermore, her dad is a [Zeta Psi] from Lafayette.  So her dad and I were fraternity brothers."