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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Coaching, Owning Don't Mix


IRVING, Texas -- Suppose Jimmy Johnson listed Jerry Jones as a reference on his resume -- OK, so it'd never happen, but at least it guarantees a provocative answer -- What would the Dallas Cowboys' owner say?

Jones smiled Tuesday afternoon when someone asked him that very question. On the eve of Johnson's expected move to take the vacant National Football League Dolphins' head-coaching job, here's a list of adjectives Jones would use to describe Johnson:

"Highly motivated. Highly intelligent. A great motivator. I would make him the man to hire as the coach and would give him the highest grade."

Aw, c'mon, Jerry. That's it?

"Unless the one hiring him is going to work with him every day."

Memo to Miami Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga: Keep your distance.

As Jones admitted Tuesday, nearly two years after parting with Johnson following a bitter feud, the relationship ultimately was doomed, largely because their offices were only a few feet from each other.

Jones and Johnson worked together brilliantly for the first three years of their alliance, but grew apart when the Cowboys ascended to Super Bowl dominance. They once hailed their relationship as cutting edge, but eventually experienced a messy divorce that was sealed by Jones' barroom boast in March 1994 that "500 guys could have won a Super Bowl" with the Cowboys.

But now Jones said he's glad his former coach is coming back to the NFL. Just as long as it's somewhere else.


Lawrence Phillips and Tim Biakabutuka are leaving college early for the NFL. Another top running back, Warrick Dunn, will play out his senior season.

Phillips and Biakabutuka announced Tuesday they will skip their final year of eligibility to enter the NFL draft. Wednesday night was the deadline for underclassmen to enter the draft, which will be held April 20-21 in New York.

Phillips had a roller-coaster season for national champion Nebraska that included a six-game suspension for assaulting his former girlfriend and a 165-yard, three-touchdown performance against Florida in the Fiesta Bowl.

Biakabutuka, who rushed for a Michigan-record 1,818 yards this season, said providing financial help for his family of 10 brothers and sisters was a major reason for turning pro. Dunn averaged 7.5 yards per carry and set a Florida State record with 1,242 rushing yards this season.

A complete list of undergrads in the draft will be announced by the NFL later this week.


Money and the challenge of building the NFL's worst franchise into a winner weren't enough to shake Steve Spurrier's allegiance to the Florida Gators.

The architect of one of college football's most explosive offenses spurned an offer to coach the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Tuesday, saying he hopes to remain at his Gainesville, Florida, alma mater for years to come.

"I guess my roots are awfully deep here," said Spurrier, 50, who won the Heisman Trophy as the top college football player at Florida in 1966 and has enjoyed huge success since returning to the school as coach six years ago.

The Bucs reportedly offered Spurrier a financial package that included a salary of about $2 million per season, plus part ownership in the team. ()