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January 18, 2008

Hudson back in town

Cowboys new offensive line coach Hudson Houck is back at Valley Ranch. He was officially introduced during a press conference at Valley Ranch on Friday. Houck replaces Tony Sparano, now the Miami Dolphins head coach. Maybe they will give Houck his old desk back.

   Houck is ready to restore some of those glory days he had during his first stint in Dallas from 1993-2001 when he was part of two Super Bowl teams. Houck showed up Friday with a blue dress shirt, blue tie and a blue sports coat. He was also wearing his huge Super Bowl XXVIII ring from his first year with the Cowboys.

   Houck, who coached with Wade Phillips in San Diego, spent the last three years in Miami and coached one year with Jason Garrett. So the 65-year-old Houck, who said he was not thinking about retiring, leaves behind a 1-15 team for the 13-3 Cowboys with three Pro Bowl offensive linemen.

   Talk about landing on your feet.

   ``If you are a competitor at all, then you want to come back and re-do and show people you are better than that,'' Houck said. ``That's certainly how I feel about it.''

   Houck has impressive history from his Dallas days. He produced six Pro Bowl linemen -- Larry Allen, Nate Newton, Mark Stepnoski, Erik Williams, Mark Tuinei and Ray Donaldson. He also coached left tackle Flozell Adams, who is currently an unrestricted free agent.

_ Rick Herrin

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