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January 16, 2008

Sparano new Miami coach

Cowboys offensive line coach Tony Sparano has been named the new Miami Dolphins head coach. He reunites with Bill Parcells and new Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland.

   Now, Sparano expects to raid the Cowboys staff. He could be in the process of hiring Cowboys secondary coach Todd Bowles and linebackers coach Paul Pasqualoni. Both have expiring contracts in Dallas.

   Sparano started as a tight ends coach in Dallas in 2003 and he his tenure by producing three Pro Bowl offensive linemen in center Andre Gurode, tackle Flozell Adams and guard Leonard Davis.

   Here's what Cowboys tight end Jason Witten said about Sparano on Monday.

   ``Tony was an unbelievable coach, and if that works out for him, I know 100 percent that he'll change those franchises that he's a part of, wherever it is.'' But he's an unbelievable Xs and Os guy, and more than that, he doesn't allow you to settle. I think Tony does an unbelievable job of pushing his players and you see it with different guys on this team, and the offensive line. He'll be a great head coach.''

   Sparano's press conference will be held at 11 a.m. central time.

   Cowboys coaching openings ticker: 1

   Possible replacement for Sparano: Hudson Houck

   Stay tuned.

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