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DALLAS MAVERICK CREATES STIR WITH TALK OF COACHING DEM 'BOYS

          Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones downplayed a N.Y. Times
     report that he was considering becoming head coach of the
     Cowboys, according to Jean-Jacques Taylor of the DALLAS
     MORNING NEWS. On Sunday, Jones said, "I coached my last
     football game a long time ago" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 9/22). 
     But the N.Y. TIMES' Mike Freeman wrote that Jones confirmed
     last week that he "has actually been considering coaching
     the Cowboys himself, either next season or not long after
     that."  While Jones says "he would probably not make such a
     move because there are so many qualified head-coaching
     candidates out there, he would also not rule out the
     notion."  Jones: "[T]here is something in me that would like
     to coach. ...  But ... the best chance for this organization
     to win is by having a full-time head coach who is qualified,
     so that's why I probably won't do it."  Still, one league
     exec who has spoken to Jones on the subject, said, "It could
     definitely happen" (N.Y. TIMES, 9/21).  CNN/SI's Peter King,
     on Jones: "I asked him if there was any circumstances under
     which he could envision ever coaching the team, and he said,
     quote, 'Not that I could ever dream of'" ("NFL Preview,"
     CNN, 9/21).  ESPN's Chris Mortensen: "Jerry Jones coaching? 
     Yes, he wants to.  No, he won't."   ESPN's Chris Berman:
     "Bye week, they needed pub" ("NFL Countdown," ESPN, 9/21).
          NOTE: The Cowboys said they would no longer conduct
     training camp at St. Edward's Univ.'s Austin, TX, campus,
     ending an eight-year relationship.  The news "raised the
     possibility" that the Cowboys might move their training camp
     to San Antonio or El Paso (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 9/20).

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