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Rams' owner involved in Fisher’s interview

January 6, 2012
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Jeff Fisher interviewed for the Rams’ coaching job, two days after meeting with the Dolphins about their job. The Rams said initial interviews are taking place in Denver, with owner Stan Kroenke an active participant. Kroenke’s family also owns the NBA’s Denver Nuggets and the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche.

Kevin Demoff, the Rams’ chief operating officer, said earlier this week that Kroenke would be “heavily involved’’ in the search and added that the decision is “his call.’’

Unlike Steve Spagnuolo, who was fired Monday after going 10-38 over three seasons, Fisher offers the Rams plenty of head coaching experience. He has a career record of 142-120 and led the Titans to at least 12 wins four times. Fisher’s Titans lost to the Rams in the 2000 Super Bowl.

The Rams, who were 2-14 last year, also are looking for a new general manager to replace Billy Devaney.

Ball, Jones to skip draft

Wisconsin running back Montee Ball and Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones will be coming back for their senior seasons.

Ball said NFL evaluators informed him he would likely be a third-round draft pick and said he thinks he can improve his stock by staying in school.

Jones said he made his choice because “there is still a lot more to do,’’ and, with the Sooners returning their offensive line, several receivers and defensive players, hopes to get another shot at a national championship. Jones is the Sooners’ all-time leading passer with 12,389 yards.

Sooners defensive end Ronnell Lewis, meanwhile, said he plans to skip his senior year and enter the draft.

Among those leaving was South Carolina wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, who is considered a first-round prospect; Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier encourages players who get first-round grades from the NFL draft advisory panel to go pro.

Michigan State defensive tackle Jerel Worthy, a first-team All-American, will skip his senior season, as will Georgia Tech’s Stephen Hill, who caught 28 passes for 820 yards and an FBS-leading 29.3 yards per catch, and Temple running back Bernard Pierce.

Chargers sack Manusky

The Chargers fired defensive coordinator Greg Manusky after just one year on the job and replaced him by promoting linebackers coach John Pagano. The shakeout came four days after the Chargers finished 8-8 and out of the playoffs for the second straight year . . . The Jets fined linebacker Bart Scott $10,000 for an obscene gesture he made toward a photographer Monday.

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