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NO DODGE IN COWBOYS FUTURE By David McNabb Print E-mail
by Dave McNabb    Thu, Feb 16, 2006, 09:41 PM

Southlake Carroll coach Todd Dodge interviewed with Cowboys coach Bill Parcells’ on Tuesday but won’t be joining Dallas’ staff. Dodge said he was flattered by the interview set last week when Parcells called.

Parcells has noted Dodge’s success from afar since joining the Cowboys’ three years ago. Parcells had SLC player Clint Renfro talk to the Cowboy in 2004 after Renfro had a spectacular game against Denton Ryan on ESPN despite injuries. In his first year at Valley Ranch, Parcells glanced toward nearby Southlake when he commented that no matter how much pressure a Cowboys coach was under, Parcells would prefer that to the scrutiny of “some of the 5A football programs around here.”

It was definitely Parcells' interest out of respect for Dodge. Parcells  was looking for a tight ends coach and Dodge doesn't use a tight end in his pass-oriented offense.

In the last four years, SLC has won three state titles and reached a fourth state final. Dodge has been sought by several college and high school programs but, with son Riley expected to be SLC’s QB the next two years, hasn’t made a move.

 

Coaching moves

Former South Garland football coach Ronnie Thompson was named head coach at Port Arthur Memorial on Thursday night. Thompson coached SLC’s Dodge at quarterback in a pass-oriented offense at PA Jefferson 20 years ago and once was hired at Texas to spruce up Fred Akers’ offense ….

Former Waxahachie and Plano East football coach Scott Phillips has retired after spending the last four years at Odessa. Phillips led Waxahachie to the 1994 Class 4A title and Groveton to the 1989 Class 2A title with running back Rodney Thomas

Jeff Horton (Arlington Sam Houston Class of ’76) has been named a special assistant coach for offense for the St. Louis Rams. Horton spent the last seven years at Wisconsin and had taken a job at Iowa State in the off-season before opting for his first NFL gig. Horton was head coach at UNLV from 1994-98, earning Big West coach of the year in ’94.

John Pease has left Prosper in controversy after the school superintendent took away his athletic director title. Pease led Prosper to its best ever playoff run to the Class 2A Division II regional semifinals.

UT recruit to town

Texas basketball signee Kevin Durant is top billing at the DISD/Dallas Morning News Classis at 6 p.m. Saturday at the DISD’s new, swanky Ellis Davis Fieldhouse.

The 6-10 Durant of Montrose Christian (Md.) goes against defending 4A state champ South Oak Cliff and the Golden Bears’ 6-9 star Darrell Arthur.

Durant is Texas’ top signee and already projected to be a Top 3 pick in the 2007 draft. Remember, he has one year to spend with the Longhorns under the new NBA draft rules.

Don’t wait until the last second to get to the new, 9,000-seat DISD facility, just south of I-20 off Polk Street just east of I-35. It’ll likely be sold our or close to it.

It’ll be a great way to preview the state boys playoffs.

Saturday at Davis Field House

Noon_ Lincoln vs. Richardson Berkner

2 p.m. Carter vs. Dunbar

4 p.m. Seagoville vs. Desoto

6 p.m. SOC vs. Montrose (Md.) Christian

Tickets: $10 to $30 at www.ticketmaster.com

What to know ….

Don’t be surprised if former Texas A&M coach R.C. Slocum joins the Houston Texans front office in a player personnel capacity. Slocum always expressed intrigue about going to the NFL. And, oh yeah, Slocum gave new Texans coach Gary Kubiak his first assistant’s job in '92. Kubiak just hired the Aggies line coach at the time under Slocum. That’d be former Green Bay coach Mike Sherman … Slocum, by the way, was inducted this week in the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in Waco as A&M's all-time winningest coach …. One of UT’s first national football stars, Bud McFadin, died this week. He was the Longhorns’ 1948-50 All-American lineman who went on to play in five pro bowls. He played high school in Iraan and had been living in Victoria.

The heralded baseball career of UT-ex Brooks Kieschnick came to a quiet end this week with his retirement. An All-American and first-round pick in ’93, Kieschnick spent six years in the majors and notably was a pitcher and hitter with Milwaukee just two years ago. He had 16 homers with a .248 batting average. In 74 primarily relief appearances, he had a 2-2 record with 67 Ks and 26 BBs in 96 IP… Kieschnick is a minority owner in the Houston Astros’ AA affiliate in his hometown Corpus Christi. He’ll also work with an international medical services company (Stryker.)….

Duncanville’s Brandon Fahey is on the 40-man roster of the Orioles, Kieschnick’s last team. An infielder, Fahey is the son of former Rangers catcher Bill Fahey, still a burger cooker at Duncanville games for the Panthers’ booster club … Former Plano East slugger Wes Bankston is on Tampa Bay’s roster … Among the non-roster spring training invitees for Toronto are former TCA-Addison/Oklahoma LHP David Purcey and former Forney/Texas C Curtis Thigpen. Non-roster invitee means longshot to start the year but the organization is looking at you … 1998 AL Rookie of the Year Ben Grieve of Arlington Martin is a non-roster invitee for the World Champ White Sox as is P Lance Broadway of Waxahachie/TCU

 

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