NFL Notebook: Del Rio staying in Jacksonville
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Jack Del Rio said yesterday he will remain as coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars after a meeting with team owner Wayne Weaver.
The two met yesterday amid reports that Del Rio, a Southern California alumnus, was the leading candidate to succeed Pete Carroll as coach at USC. Carroll left the Trojans to coach the Seattle Seahawks and then Lane Kiffin left Tennessee after one year to take over USC.
The Los Angeles Daily News reported yesterday that USC had sent Del Rio a contract Monday night. The newspaper said Del Rio hadn't accepted the job because his NFL contract could be a stumbling block. Del Rio denied USC gave him a contract.
The Jaguars ended the season on a four-game losing streak and faded out of playoff contention. If Weaver had fired Del Rio, he would have been owed more than $15 million.
Also yesterday, Weaver said his team will not play any home games in London in 2010.
The Jaguars, who had nine of 10 home games blacked out this season, are considered a prime candidate to play at least one game overseas. But Weaver insists the small-market franchise won't move any home dates to England next season.
According to the Akron Beacon Journal in Ohio, felony assault charges were reduced against the sister and nephew of Steelers linebacker James Harrison who were charged a month ago after a rivalry party melee in Akron that left four people injured.
The two appeared in Akron Municipal Court, along with Mildred Harrison, 62, James Harrison's mother. Mildred Harrison, is charged with misdemeanor assault following the brawl that erupted during a Steelers-Browns party Dec. 10 at the Rhine View VFW post.
Carroll took over as the new coach and executive vice president yesterday with an authority that he said mirrors the latitude Southern California gave him to restore its dynasty. "They have embraced my approach ... in a manner in which they want to wipe the path clear and give me the clearest opportunity to bring everything that I have to offer." Carroll said a day after his public farewell from USC. "They don't have an agenda of how they want their football played. They want me to do that. That's exactly and precisely what I was looking for."
Arizona assistant coach Russ Grimm has been given permission by the Cardinals to talk with Buffalo about its head coaching job. Grimm, a former Steelers assistant, said, however, that no interview has been scheduled. He says the Bills are working through his agent Eric Metz and he doesn't know if any talks will materialize.
A Cleveland judge placed wide receiver Braylon Edwards on probation after he pleaded no contest to misdemeanor aggravated disorderly conduct.
Edwards initially pleaded not guilty in November to misdemeanor assault after he was accused of punching a man outside a downtown Cleveland nightclub.
Arizona wide receiver Anquan Boldin said he feels much better and is optimistic about his chances of playing in a divisional playoff game Saturday at New Orleans. Boldin said he "was able to move around a little bit" for the first time since his left ankle and knee was injured in the regular-season finale against Green Bay Jan. 3.
First Published January 13, 2010 12:00 am