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Report: Campo to be fired Monday

Posted: Sunday December 29, 2002 12:28 PM
Updated: Sunday December 29, 2002 6:14 PM

Dallas Do-Over
Cowboys' all-time head coaches
  Yrs.  Record * 
Tom Landry  29  270-178-6 
Jimmy Johnson  51-37-0 
Barry Switzer  45-26-0 
Chan Gailey  18-16-0 
Dave Campo  15-32-0 ** 
* -- Including postseason
** -- Entering Sunday's game
ATLANTA ( -- The Dallas Cowboys are planning a Monday news conference to announce the firing of head coach Dave Campo, the Dallas Morning News reported Sunday.

Campo's firing would clear the way for Bill Parcells' return to the NFL. Campo is 15-32 in two-plus seasons.

Sources close to Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and Parcells said Saturday night that Jones, Parcells, Stephen Jones and Jimmy Sexton, Parcells' agent, met for six hours Friday night at the Garden City Club in Long Island, N.Y., and made steady progress as they discussed the framework of contract.

However, in a move that is seen as exacting a measure of revenge for how the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were treated by a waffling Bill Parcells last offseason, Sports Illustrated's Don Banks reports the Bucs may have a trump card. A Buccaneers source confirmed Sunday that the team sent a letter to Parcells' agent last week claiming that any team seeking to hire the former three-time head coach must seek permission from them.

Group says Cowboys
violating league rules
NEW YORK (AP) -- The group promoting the hiring of black coaches by NFL teams says Dallas owner Jerry Jones violated the spirit of a new league policy by speaking to former Vikings head coach Dennis Green on the phone and not in person.

Jones, expected to fire head coach Dave Campo after the Cowboys' final game, met with Bill Parcells twice in the last two weeks.

Jones spoke with Green, believed to be a leading candidate for several of the vacancies that may come up.

A group headed by Johnnie Cochran Jr. and Cyrus Mehri said that wasn't enough.

"Simply talking to a minority candidate in a phone interview is not comparable to a several-hour, face-to-face meeting between candidate and owner," Mehri said Sunday.

All 32 NFL teams agreed this month to interview minority candidates when they have openings for a coach or key spots in the front office. 

Tampa Bay contends it has a signed four-year contract with Parcells, executed in January before Parcells changed his mind and opted to stay retired rather than coach the Bucs. That contract, the Bucs team source said, gives Tampa Bay the right to file tampering charges to the league against anybody attempting to hire Parcells.

A source said the Cowboys had not yet offered Parcells the job and a third meeting has not been scheduled.

The newspaper reported Jones and Parcells have discussed a salary in the $4 million to $4.5 million per year range. Parcells has spurned Atlanta once and Tampa Bay twice, including last season, when it seemed certain he was going to become the Buccaneers' head coach.

Parcells won two Super Bowls with the New York Giants, took the New England Patriots to another and led the New York Jets to the AFC Championship Game.

While Parcells remains the front-runner to land the job, SI's Banks also reported that former Minnesota Vikings head coach Dennis Green has surfaced as a potential second candidate for the position.

Green, who like Parcells works as an NFL analyst for ESPN, declined comment Friday night. But a source said he Jones have been in contact and Green is interested in pursuing the job, as long as he feels he is a serious candidate and not merely window-dressing in Parcells' coronation.

Dallas (5-10) wraps up its season Sunday at Washington. This is the Cowboy's third consecutive season with at least 10 losses. A loss to the Redskins would be Campo's third 5-11 season in as many years.

Related information
Banks: Dallas' Jones talks to Green
Banks: Bucs allege 'Boys tampering with Parcells
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