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DALLAS MAVERICK CREATES STIR WITH TALK OF COACHING DEM 'BOYS
Published September 22, 1997
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).