Georgia Tech awaits Dolphins' decision


Published: Friday, January 19, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 19, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

ATLANTA — With at least one report from Florida listing him as one of two finalists to be named head coach of the Miami Dolphins, Chan Gailey was still on the job at Georgia Tech Thursday.

Gailey did not return phone messages Thursday but on Wednesday was in his office part of the day before leaving for visits with recruits, according to Georgia Tech sports information director Allison George, who said Gailey was back in his office for at least part of the day Thursday.

There was increased interest in the Dolphins' search on Thursday, in part due to a published comment from a Georgia Tech recruit that he was told by Gailey there should be a resolution of the matter "sometime around Thursday."

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Wednesday quoted recruit Morgan Burnett as saying Gailey "just told me about the whole situation."

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Thursday that Gailey and San Diego offensive coordinator Cam Cameron are the finalists. The paper listed Gailey as the favorite to replace Nick Saban, who left to become head coach at the University of Alabama.

The Dolphins also have interviewed former Atlanta Falcons coach Jim Mora, Dolphins defensive coordinator Dom Capers and former Alabama coach Mike Shula, the son of former longtime Dolphins coach Don Shula.

Cameron had a second three-hour interview with the team on Wednesday night.

Gailey and Tech athletic director Dan Radakovich were awaiting a decision by the Miami Dolphins before commenting on the situation.

Radakovich did not return a phone message on Thursday. Earlier this month, Radakovich said he was not surprised Gailey had been contacted by the Dolphins.

"It was not surprising, given Chan's relationship with the Dolphins' organization and what he has accomplished at Georgia Tech," Radakovich said. "It speaks to the high regard with which he is held in the football world, both professionally and on the collegiate level."

Capers was offered a three-year, $8.1 million contract to remain with the team as defensive coordinator, but he has not yet signed the deal.

Gailey was Miami's offensive coordinator in 2000-01 before leaving to become head coach at Tech.

Gailey, 55, is 37-27 with five straight bowls with Tech. He was 18-16 in two playoff seasons as the Dallas Cowboys coach in 1998-99.

The Dolphins, who scored only 16.3 points per game this season, are believed to be most interested in hiring a coach with an offensive background, a plus for Gailey.

At Tech, Gailey called his own plays until this season, when he turned the duties over to offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Patrick Nix.

If Gailey were to leave, Tech associate head coach and defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta would be a probable top candidate to be named head coach.

Gailey also interviewed for the Pittsburgh Steelers' opening but was not one of three finalists to replace Bill Cowher.

Gailey just completed the first season of a five-year, $5 million contract extension at Tech that runs through 2010.

BROADWAY TAKES OVER AT GRAMBLING

ormer Gator assistant coach Rod Broadway took over Grambling State's historic football program Thursday, leaving North Carolina Central to coach the Tigers.

Broadway replaces Melvin Spears, fired Dec. 18 after a 3-8 season.

"I'm looking forward to the opportunity to coach at Grambling State University because it's considered the pinnacle of black college football," Broadway said.

Broadway led North Carolina Central to an 11-1 record last season and its second consecutive Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association title. After a 4-6 mark in 2003, his next three teams won eight or more games for a four-year record of 33-11.

"We are elated that Rod Broadway has agreed to take the leadership reigns of the Grambling State University football program," athletic director Troy Mathieu said.

Broadway was also a former assistant at North Carolina, Duke and East Carolina, played on North Carolina's defensive line from 1974-77 and earned all-Atlantic Coast Conference honors in 1977.

RICE READY TO NAME NEW COACH

Texas State coach David Bailiff was expected to be introduced as Rice's new football coach toFriday.

Rice scheduled a news conference for thisFriday morning, but wouldn't confirm numerous media reports that Bailiff had been hired.

The 48-year-old Bailiff was in Houston on Thursday, then returned to San Marcos to meet with his players and athletic director Larry Teis, Texas State sports information director Ron Mears said.

The Owls were left scrambling a week ago when Todd Graham bolted for Tulsa after one season. Graham left just three days after signing a contract extension to stay at Rice.

Bailiff led the Bobcats to a 21-15 record in three seasons. Texas State won its first Southland Conference championship in 2005 and reached the Division I-AA national semifinals. The Bobcats went 5-6 in 2006.

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