|TONY SPARANO Lands Dolphins job|
Discussing his new job as Miami Dolphins coach, Tony Sparano sounded like Tony Soprano.
"I'm just happy to be part of the family," Sparano said.
The family includes his mentor, Bill Parcells, and general manager Jeff Ireland, who are transforming their new team into the Miami Cowboys.
The 46-year-old Sparano is the latest transplant from Dallas. He was the Cowboys' assistant head coach before accepting an offer yesterday to rejoin Parcells and Ireland.
The trio worked together in Dallas when Parcells was head coach in 2003-06.
"I know what the people here are capable of, and I'm excited about that," Sparano said at a news conference.
Parcells sat in a corner of the room, smiling occasionally like a proud papa. He declined to meet with reporters, leaving the talk to his protégés.
"When Bill and I discussed what we were looking for in a head coach, we talked about one of high character," Ireland said. "We wanted someone who understood how to develop young players, one who could instill a culture that's all about winning.
"We think we found that guy. We know we found that guy."
The hiring had been anticipated since Parcells fired Cam Cameron, who went 1-15 in his first year as an NFL head coach. Of the four candidates Miami interviewed, Sparano was the only one with ties to the new regime.
The Dolphins can thank the Giants for expediting their hiring of a coach. Sparano became available when the Cowboys lost their playoff game to New York Sunday.
Complaint withdrawnAuthorities in Georgia said a woman who accused suspended Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones of hitting her has withdrawn her petition to have him arrested. A clerk in the Warrants Division said the petition of Wanda S. Jackson had been withdrawn.
Neither Jackson nor Jones's attorneys returned calls seeking comment.
Jackson, an attorney, said in her filing that she was in the Body Tap strip club's office Jan. 3 when an angry Jones accused managers of stealing his money and bracelet. Jackson said she was watching the confrontation when Jones "sucker-punched" her.
Last month, Jones pleaded no contest to a disorderly conduct charge related to a strip club shooting in Las Vegas that left a club manager paralyzed.