Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
That's the word from ESPN's Chris Mortensen, who reports the Lions have an agreement with Tennessee's defensive coordinator to become their next head coach. We'll have analysis throughout the day but wanted to make sure you saw the news.
Update: The Lions have confirmed the hire and will hold a news conference Friday at Ford Field.
Here is a statement released by team president Tom Lewand:
"After an extensive search that included several highly-qualified coaches, we are thrilled that Jim Schwartz will become our team's head coach. Martin (Mayhew) and I believe that Jim's qualifications and vision will lead this organization on the field toward our goal of becoming a championship football team."