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      Lions hire Caldwell as head coach

      The Detroit Lions have hired coach Jim Caldwell.

      The team confirmed the move Tuesday and has scheduled a news conference at Ford Field on Wednesday.

      San Diego Chargers assistant and former Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt was seemingly Detroit's top choice, but he chose to take the head coaching job at Tennessee on Monday night.

      The Lions are giving Caldwell another chance to be an NFL head coach. He helped the Indianapolis Colts play in the Super Bowl after his debut season in 2009 and was fired two years later after a 2-14 season while Peyton Manning was injured, dropping his three-year mark to 26-22.