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).