Sparano offered job with Dolphins

NEW HAVEN, CT -- Dallas Cowboys assistant coach Tony Sparano has been offered the head coaching position of the Miami Dolphins and will accept it after the conclusion of the Cowboys' season, according to a report in Sunday's New Haven Register.

Citing a source, the newspaper said the 46-year-old Sparano was offered the job Saturday by Miami's new general manager Jeff Ireland.

Sparano, a former coach at the University of New Haven, was hired in 2003 by former Cowboys coach Bill Parcells, who promoted Sparano to assistant head coach. He was the offensive line coach, running game coordinator and play caller in 2006.

Parcells was hired as the Dolphins executive vice president of football operations December 20. One of his first moves was to hire Ireland away from the Cowboys.

The Dolphins were 1-15 this season under first-year coach Cam Cameron, who was fired on Thursday.

Sparano also interviewed Saturday with the Baltimore Ravens and interviewed Friday with the Atlanta Falcons.

If Sparano is hired, he could not arrive in Miami until the Cowboys are eliminated from the playoffs.

Sparano has also been an assistant coach with Washington, Cleveland and Jacksonville.

A 1982 graduate of New Haven, Sparano was the head coach of his alma mater from 1994-98, leading the Chargers to the 1997 NCAA Division II national championship game.

Sparano was an assistant at New Haven from 1984-87 and an assistant at Boston University from 1988-93. BU was 11-0 in 1993.

Dolphins representative Harvey Greene denied the report on the team's behalf late Saturday.

"It is 100 percent false," Greene told the Miami Herald. "In fact, we have a number of interviews scheduled over the next few days."

According to the Herald, the Dolphins will interview Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier on Monday.


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