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Parcells headed to Dallas

Tuna’ tells ESPN he’ll be next Cowboy coach

January 2, 2003

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— Tuna is heading for Texas. Or so he says.

Bill Parcells, known for winning Super Bowls and, more recently, for walking away from deals that seemed done, told ESPN Wednesday that he was leaving the network to become the Dallas Cowboys' coach.

"I'm going to do it," Parcells said, according to ESPN.com.

Despite widespread reports that Parcells would be formally introduced by the Cowboys today, spokesman Rich Dalrymple said Wednesday that no announcement was scheduled.

"Jerry has invested a lot in the Cowboys and the thing that drives him more than anything else is his desire to win," Parcells said of owner Jerry Jones. "That's the biggest common (denominator) we both have."

The 61-year-old Parcells, whose nickname is Tuna, will be the sixth Cowboys coach but the first with experience as an NFL head coach.

The last of Parcells' 15 NFL seasons was in 1999 with the New York Jets. He also jilted Tampa Bay twice and Atlanta once.

When Dave Campo was fired on Monday after three straight 5-11 seasons, Jones said he wanted to hire a proven coach. The Cowboys owner had already spoken to Parcells for about 11 hours on two occasions.

Parcells won two Super Bowls with the New York Giants and took the New England Patriots to an NFL title game before coaching the Jets. His career record is 138-100-1 (.579 winning percentage).

Citing an unidentified source, ESPN reported Parcells signed a four-year, $17.1 million contract.

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