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February 4, 1986

ST. LOUIS (AP) _ St. Louis Cardinals owner William V. Bidwill has apparently narrowed his choices to two in searching for a National Football League coach, a published report says.

Dallas Cowboys assistant Gene Stallings and Washington Redskins aide Jerry Rhome appear to be finalists, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch said in its Tuesday editions. Quoting an unnamed Dallas source, the newspaper said Bidwill’s decision is due by Friday.

Bidwill, who was on New Orleans on what he termed ″football-related business,″ told the Post-Dispatch his decision on a successor to Jim Hanifan, who was fired Dec. 21, has been delayed by lack of convenient time for interviews.


PITTSBURGH (AP) - Local sportscaster Alan Cutler and former Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Steve Blass have been added to the Pirates’ television broadcast team for the 1986 season.

Network flagship station KDKA-TV said that for the first time, the Pirates will have separate radio and TV announcing crews. Radio broadcasters Lanny Frattare and Jim Rooker will no longer appear on Pirates’ telecasts.

KDKA-TV sports director John Sanders will continue as the TV play-by-play announcer and Cutler and Blass will do color commentary. Blass will work about 20 of the Pirates’ 40 scheduled telecasts.

Joe Berwanger, KDKA-TV general manager, said that announcers from other network stations and other former players will appear on the telecasts when Blass isn’t available.


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - After 20 years, Springfield College basketball Coach Edward Bilik says he is quitting at the end of this season, because he ″no longer has the energy, drive or patience″ to recruit young players.

Over the past two decades, Bilik’s teams have amassed a 315-190 record, competed in six NCAA Division II tournaments and posted 18 winning seasons at the college where the game began in 1891.

This year’s squad, led by Ivan Olivares, a member of the Venezuelan National Team and the second leading scorer in Division II, was 13-7 going into Wednesday’s game with cross-town rival American International College.


NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Steve Sidwell, who worked with New Orleans Coach Jim Mora for seven years before hiring on as the Indianapolis Colts’ defensive line coach, will rejoin Mora as the Saints’ new defensive coordinator.

Sidwell said Monday he’ll keep the Saints’ basic 3-4 defensive scheme, even though New Orleans’ defense plumetted to 24th in the NFL last season after two straight seasons in the top five and after leading the National Football Conference in total defense in 1983.

″It’s the one (scheme) I’m familiar with and it’s the one he (Mora) wants,″ Sidwell said. ″As far as any other part of my philosophy, you want to make the other team beat you, not beat yourself.

Sidwell replaces Vince Tobin, who resigned to take the Chicago Bears job left vacant when defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan left to become head coach at Philadelphia.

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