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Bears are expected to announce that Lovie Smith will be back

The Bears raised eyebrows on Monday by canceling coach Lovie Smith’s press conference.

Later in the day, the Bears announced that a press conference will be conducted on Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. CT.

Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports that Smith is expected to return for 2010, and that “sweeping changes” are not expected to occur after one of the most disappointing seasons in team history, given high preseason expectations.

Here’s what we’re hearing as to what else will be disclosed on Tuesday.

First, offensive coordinator Ron Turner will be fired, possibly along with the rest of the offensive staff.

Second, we’re told that Smith could be losing defensive play-calling duties, with the duties falling to defensive line coach/assistant head coach Rod Marinelli.

USC offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates could be a candidate to replace Turner, given that Bates tutored quarterback Jay Cutler during his time with the Broncos.