The foregone conclusion that was offensive line coach Tony Sparano's departure to Miami to become their next head coach was finalized on Wednesday morning.
Sparano signed a four-year deal with the Fish to be their next head coach, and help rebuild a team that finished 1-15 last season.
He is now the third member of the Cowboys that former coach and new Fish Football Czar Bill Parcells hired. The Cowboys have now seen scouting director Jeff Ireland, scouting assistant Brain Gaine and now Sparano flee south this winter.
And more will come.
It's been a slow and steady rise for Sparano. He just completed his ninth year of coaching in the NFL. He was the head coach at New Haven from 1994 to '98 before he made the jump to the pros; he was an assistant with the Browns, the Redskins, the Jaguars and spent the past five seasons with the Cowboys.
An immediate candidate to replace Sparano is former Cowboys assistant Hudson Houck, who was recetly fired from the Dolphins.
- Mac Engel